CSX Begins Crossing Maintenance
According to CSX media representative Laura Phelps, current maintenance projects will be completed at different railroad crossings in Wetzel and Tyler counties over the next few weeks.
Phelps did say the maintenance manager for CSX had some special requests related to the Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival. CSX adjusted its maintenance schedule, so the current work would not interfere with festival traffic. Therefore, Route 2 New Martinsville crossing work might occur next week. “As of right now, we don’t have a set schedule for Route 2 in New Martinsville,” Phelps said.
As of Wednesday morning, work was being conducted on the Route 2 crossing in Sistersville, and traffic was being detoured via Route 180. Wednesday work in New Martinsville included the McEldowney Street, Franklin Street, Virginia Street, and Locust Street crossings.
According to Phelps, crossing work typically takes no more than three days per crossing; however, “that could be delayed for adverse weather conditions.”
Phelps said the crossing work is to “maintain safety of the railroad tracks and road.” She said crews are rebuilding the crossings, replacing cross ties, and repaving the surface.
“We do work as safely as we can and encourage people to pay close attention in the coming weeks to detour signs and barricades.”
Phelps said the schedule could shift if work is completed more quickly, “so we will try to get through the number of crossings faster.”
Phelps said with most of the projects, the schedules are all subject to change due to unexpected delays or special requests. Therefore, she said “the best thing is to pay attention to detour signs.”