Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CSX Plans Expansion through Waycross; Train Traffic Is Likely to Grow, but the Railroad Promises Fewer Delays

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CSX Plans Expansion through Waycross; Train Traffic Is Likely to Grow, but the Railroad Promises Fewer Delays

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON

WAYCROSS -- CSX Transportation's big expansion plans between Chicago and Florida will run through Waycross and the railroad wants know what residents think.

The plans, which call for construction of some long sidings, will result in the closing of some crossings, in Ware County and ultimately in the Waycross. Those and other plans will be detailed at a meeting at 5 p.m., April 10, at the Ware County Courthouse.

Moving and closing railroad crossings will not be the only impact.

With fuel prices increasing and the railroad becoming a less expensive option to over-the-road trucks, train traffic through Waycross will grow, CSX spokesman Gary Sease said.

"We're seeing a record demand for freight transportation. All indications are it will continue at a high level,'' he said.

The demand for consumer goods in the Southeast is helping drive that demand, Sease said.

The initial changes for motorists outside the Waycross city limits are few: the moving of one private crossing and a public one, Blackburn Avenue.

The planned sidings will be 6,000 to 10,000 feet long, enough to accommodate increasingly long trains, Sease said. The sidings will give CSX the ability to move a slow train, such as a coal train, out of the way to allow a faster train, such as one hauling containers or trailers, to pass, Sease said.

The sidings will serve as a less expensive alternative to double-tracking the lines to accommodate the longer, heavier trains, he said.

The increased rail traffic could present a problem for highway traffic especially in and near the city. One crossing that will likely be affected is just outside the city limits where a busy railroad crosses four-lane State Street. That's why County Commissioners Joe Cornelius III and Carlos Nelson requested federal funding during a recent trip to Washington.

"We need an overpass there and the county sure can't pay for it by itself,'' Nelson said.

Nelson said he hopes some federal money will be available to help the county and state pay for the overpass.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will soon eliminate at least one spot of highway traffic delays. …

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