COLFAX – Joe Wach, road master for railroad company CSX Corp., estimates that it has been about 15 years since the track crossing through Colfax Road has been updated.
The company is now working on replacing some of the track, including the road crossing section, which Wach said, will take place through June 13. During the maintenance that began Monday, motorists will have to use a detour that takes drivers through about five miles of Levels Road if they want to get to the other side of the tracks.
“We’re just changing the tracks that go through it,” Wach said. “We’re taking the old rails away and putting in new ones.”
The crew will be working on the first part of the track until the end of the day today, according to Wach, and then the crew will move to the second part and work through Thursday, which will still require the detour.
The path of the detour diverges right before the track, so drivers won’t have to backtrack if they approach too close.
Despite the inconvenience, the work being performed by the CSX crew is imperative to the continued safety of the track and, therefore, the drivers who pass through it on Colfax Road.
“The company understands that this work can affect communities in which it operates, and CSX works to minimize inconveniences when feasible,” said a CSX spokesperson via email. “Railroad infrastructure maintenance is critical to minimizing service disruptions and preventing accidents and injuries.”
It will likely be several more years until the track on Colfax needs to be replaced, so the maintenance being performed now will be a temporary inconvenience.
“CSX crews are progressively working through the area replacing railroad crossties that support the track structure,” CSX said. “We appreciate the public's patience while we complete this work, which is critical to ensuring a safe, reliable freight rail network.”
The detour will change roads on Wednesday, because the crew will be working on the second part of the track that crosses the road.
“We’ll be out here working again (today), and then Wednesday we’ll move to the next crossing,” Wach said. “Instead of coming down Levels Road, you’ll have to come down Colfax.”