CSX beginning Milledgeville railroad crossing repairs today


Apparently, when the railroad company sends a crew out to perform repairs, they don't give much advance notice.

Not that anyone around Milledgeville is complaining, though.

The City of Milledgeville issued a press release this morning, stating that CSX Transportation would begin repair work on a number of railroad crossings beginning, well, today.

The crossings set for repair along the old east-west "Camak Line" are:

• Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near the hospital

• North Wayne Street near Fowler Flemister Concrete

• North Jefferson Street near Beckham's Used Cars

• Orchard Hill Road near the Graham Homes/Boddie projects

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For reason not immediately known, "North Columbia Street" was not on the list.

Normal procedure, according to the press release, is for each crossing to be closed for a period of two or three days during repairs, with traffic detoured.

"CSX will work as quickly as possible to minimize closure time for each crossing. Travelers along these routes should expect multiple closures to overlap and are encouraged to proceed with caution and seek alternative routes when possible," added the press release.

Perhaps no other inanimate object in Baldwin County gets cussed out more often the North Jefferson Street railroad tracks.

People have been complaining about the crossing for years, decades. The last train carrying scrap headed out of Georgia Power's Plant Branch and crossed over the North Jefferson Street railroad tracks years ago. When the power plant closed, the tracks essentially closed, too.

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