Railroad Crossings Closed for Rehabilitation

By: Meredith Taylor
By: Meredith Taylor

February 22, 2006
They may cause a bit of a hold-up if you don’t know about them. Railroad crossings closed because ties are being replaced in Richmond and Columbia Counties. News 12 is on your side with why the old ones won’t work.

It’s time for scheduled maintenance on these tracks, but how long it’s taking has some people upset.

It’s all over downtown Augusta. And as soon as one sign comes down, another goes up.

“We have 10 heavy trucks that we have to get out every morning,” said Hiram Thompson, Thompson Wrecking Co.

This railroad crossing by Hiram Thompson’s demolition business is closed for the second time this month.

“This intersection was blocked two weeks ago for two or three days,” Thompson said. “They didn’t complete their work, so now they’ve come back.”

A rehabilitation project, that means digging up crossings from the Savannah River Site all the way to Atlanta. It’s costing Thompson Wrecking Company money and maybe you, too.

“Traveling longer routes to get to their destination, it’s a cost factor off the bottom line,” Thompson said.

A CSX Railroad spokesman says it’s maintenance that has be to done. Hiram just wishes it would be a little quicker and one crossing at a time.

News 12 was unable to find out how often these ties are replaced, but News 12 has learned the work is scheduled to be completed two weeks from tomorrow in Richmond and Columbia Counties.

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