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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  • by C on Dec 5, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    I can certainly understand the frustration trains cause by tying up traffic...but I personally enjoy it when I'm able to engage in some train-watching. My love of trains goes all the way back to my childhood;those CSX delays in Greenville help me get my rail fix!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    OOh, Praise Jesus!
  • by Whoa! on Dec 1, 2009 at 04:42 AM
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Nov 30, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    Thank goodness the City is going to do something about those trains. I was hoping that CSX might move their depot out to the industrial park where DSM is located. It would sure help alleviate the traffic problem in Greenville.

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