First phase of railroad work in Coweta nearing completion

by Sarah Fay Campbell

alt

Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Crews from Norfolk Southern Railway with a small army of orange rail work cars have nearly completed the first phase of replacing cross ties and some rails along the east-west line. The final layer of asphalt won't be placed on the crossings until after rail 'surfacing' is done. 

Crews from Norfolk Southern Railway have nearly completed replacing cross ties, and some rails, on their rail line that runs east-west across Coweta County.

Work began in Senoia. Crews were working in Newnan this week and heading west. A small army of orange railroad work cars moved along the tracks Thursday and Friday from First Avenue to the area of Franklin Highway and on alongside Temple Avenue/ Carrollton Highway.

The work required the temporary closing of crossings along the rail line, and reworking of the crossings.

The repaired crossings are currently topped with a “cold patch” of asphalt. That’s not the final pavement.

“They’re going to go and surface the track,” said Sandi Parisian of Road Safe Rail, which provides flaggers, traffic control and notifications for the NFS roadwork.

The “surface truck” is like a huge train, which will go over the tracks to make sure they are level. Once the surfacing work is done, “we’re going to do the final layer of asphalt,” Parisian said.

The surface truck can be two to three miles long, Parisian said. It goes very slowly and moves back and forth. It will take about an hour to go through each crossing, she said. Because of that, there could be multiple crossings closed at the same time.

“But we will be flagging those” so that motorists will know in advance, Parisian said.

The final step will be the asphalt topping. That will require the crossings to be closed four to six hours, in order to provide time for the asphalt to cure, Parisian said.

Parisian said she doesn't have a current estimate of when the surfacing and paving will take place, but will provide that information when it is available.



More Local

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PROSECUTORS DETAIL CAUSE OF CAPSI ... Read More


Georgia Cities Week Expo today at the Carnegie

Newnan is celebrating Georgia Cities Week this week with a special expo today at the Newnan Carnegie Library. Designation Downtown Children& ... Read More


reduce, reuse, recycle

Earth Day and ECycling opportunities in Coweta

It’s time for spring cleaning, and in addition to cleaning out the garage and gutters, many Cowetans will be hauling off old TVs, comp ... Read More


Coweta mom, daughter moved seeking CBD oil

Can the Callaways come home?

Now that House Bill 1 has been signed into law, Cowetans Beth and Maggie Callaway can finally consider returning home from Colorado, where m ... Read More


High School Musical

Northgate High brings popular musical to Coweta

Northgate High School (NGHS) plans to bring the popular “High School Musical” to the stage at the Centre for Performing and Visu ... Read More

Mantracker

Annual officer training classes this week

In case anyone is wondering why there are 500 more law enforcement officers than usual in Coweta, this week is the annual Mantracker trainin ... Read More