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CSX to close some crossings for improvement work

CONYERS — Improvements to railroad crossings in Newton and Rockdale counties will require motorists to find detours over the next couple weeks.

According to CSX Railroad, the company will be replacing crossties and road crossings along a 20-mile stretch from Social Circle to Conyers over the next two to three weeks.

“This work is one of our larger planned projects to replace crossties and rebuild road crossings as needed,” said Kristin Seay in an emailed response to questions. “We also perform routine maintenance activities to keep road crossings in good driving condition.”

The crosstie replacement project that will temporarily close railroad crossings in Conyers and Covington is scheduled to begin Monday, weather permitting.

Crews will be performing maintenance at multiple railroad crossings including at West Street in Covington and moving east to conclude at Rockbridge Road in Conyers. Benchmark Consulting, the company that is working with CSX, has estimated the crosstie replacement will take approximately two to three days per railroad crossing to complete the work, according to a press release from the city of Conyers.

Detour signs will be posted when the railroad crossings in Conyers will be affected and motorists will be encouraged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

In Covington, the West Street rail crossing near the intersection of Herring and West streets will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to Brad Stoothoff, transportation technician with the city of Covington.

The Ga. Highway 81/Emory Street rail crossing can be used as an alternative route. West Street will remain open for local traffic to access Eberhardt, Echols and Herring streets.

“While this work may cause some temporary inconvenience, it will provide drivers a smoother transition over crossings and is critical to preventing accidents and minimizing service interruptions,” Seay said.