CSX Railroad apologizes for repair delay

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CSX Railroad told Mount Olive officials the company planned to make needed repairs to damaged crossings at four locations in the downtown area in 2019, but those repairs have not materialized.

Now, town officials say they have received notification from the railroad company that the work to repair those crossings has been rescheduled.

Complaints on the condition of railroad crossings at the four downtown district areas flooded town authorities.

Former Mayor Joe Scott sought help from the railroad.

CSX agreed to repair damages at crossings located at College, James, Main and Pollock streets. The railroad company had told the town the work would be done be by the end of 2019.

No improvements have been started yet, but Town Manager Charles Brown said he just received notification from the railroad company that the work in now back on the table.

Brown said the correspondence he received from CSX was an apology for the work not being done, explaining the company had fallen behind on its schedule for repair work.

He said railroad officials told him they are currently working on a new schedule for such work and he hopes to hear from them in the days ahead.

Crossties at the four crossings in the downtown area have deteriorated to the point that some complained it was causing damage to tires on vehicles.

“It is a dangerous situation and the railroad is aware of it and apparently trying to get it done as quickly as they can,” Brown said.

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