Changes To Reduce Train Backups

If you have ever had to travel through Greenville you know what's it's like to be stopped by one of the CSX trains.

The problem stems from the switching station where most trains have to stop in order to change directions. That ends up blocking traffic on Arlington Boulevard, Howell Street and 14th Street.

Monday morning city leaders and state representatives broke ground on a new connector that will alleviate the traffic tie-ups.

Drivers say the train delays can be especially annoying during rush hour and lunch time, but city manager Wayne Bowers says it also blocks emergency vehicles from heading to the hospital.
"It's a public safety issue, so I think everybody will be impacted by the fact the train may come through but it will be a short delay."

The total cost of the project is 9.7 million dollars. Phase one of the project should be complete by mid-March. The second phase will then begin and finish in 2011.

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