The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

January 29, 2014

Railroad work forces traffic detours

By VAN HOLLAND
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER

TARBORO — Tarboro residents will have to pay attention to detour signs Saturday that will be posted throughout the town, because streets that intersect with Albemarle Avenue will be closed. Drivers are advised to follow the signs to avoid the closures.

CSX will be working on the railroad through that stretch of town and will be replacing the old material with new, according to the email Tarboro Police Lt. Bill Braswell received Monday.

"It is not going to be as bad as we originally thought," Braswell said. "The main concern was the safety issues in the beginning. Now, they have changed the routes and we will not have as many streets blocked as the original plan had stated."

CSX has already placed crossties along the tracks between Princeville and Rocky Mount on the project, which will end in Williamston. CSX uses up to 3,158 of the 200 pound ties per mile.

The original plan was to close Main Street so that CSX could use the area to maneuver in some 30-plus carloads of new materials they will use will working in and around Tarboro.

Both Howard Avenue and Wilson Street will be closed as crews upgrade the line.

For the complete story, see today's print edition of The Daily Southerner.