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Bumpy railroad crossings won’t last, says Norfolk Southern

A Norfolk Southern spokesman said the bumpy surfaces that were left by crews working on railroad crossings in Clayton County last week are only temporary surfaces. A permanent surface is expected within a month. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

A Norfolk Southern spokesman said the bumpy surfaces that were left by crews working on railroad crossings in Clayton County last week are only temporary surfaces. A permanent surface is expected within a month. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

JONESBORO — Drivers crossing the Norfolk Southern rail line may have felt like they were driving across potholes after construction crews dug up several crossings in the county, but a company spokesman said they shouldn’t fret.

Rick Harris said Norfolk Southern is doing maintenance work on the line between Griffin and Forest Park. The work includes replacing putting in new timber cross ties, crossing surfaces and metal rail lines. Anyone who has seen piles of timber and gravel, and construction equipment, has seen the work underway in recent weeks.

The result when the crews move on, though, has not been pleasing to residents. On Sept. 11, Clayton News Daily readers posted comments such as, “They are horrible,” “Looks terrible” and “They are screwing them all up” when asked about the crossings on Facebook. Some expressed a hope that the crews weren’t done, and that faith appears to be well-placed.

But Harris said the crossings drivers see now is not the crossings they will see long term. As it turns out, this was only step one.

“It’s a two-stage process and initially the crews go down the line and take out the old crossings, replace the timber and put on a temporary surface,” said Harris. “Then, typically about one to two weeks later, they go back in and put in a completely new surface at the crossing that’s smoother and better than the old one.”

Clayton County residents should see the permanent crossings in place by the beginning to middle part of October, said Harris. In other words, the pothole-esque crossings aren’t here to stay.