Rail repair work causes detours

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - CSX has crews replacing the railroad ties from Long Beach to Ocean Springs. This kind of work takes place every seven years, according to CSX officials, and means temporary crossing closures.

The work started in Long Beach on January 14th. Crews will move to the east and expect to finish in Ocean Springs in a month.

According to crews on the job, they're replacing 56,000 ties, completing about two miles a day.

Officials say drivers can expect each crossing to be closed for about two days. Emergency responders have made it clear that their response time will not suffer due to the detours. They say that finding an open crossing isn't an issue, and shouldn't worry citizens.

The closures started on Espy Avenue in Long Beach, and have progressively moved to the east.

The crossings that have been closed due to the maintenance so far are as follows: Trauman Avenue, Girard Avenue, Jeff Davis Avenue, Cleveland Avenue, Beach Park Place, and Richards Avenue.

Tuesday morning will see Keller Avenue being closed, with Porter Avenue closing Wednesday, and Delauney Street closing Thursday.

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