CSX work will force first responders to detour but response times should not be affected, say authorities

CSX maintenance work will impact RR crossings in Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - First responders will have to detour over the next few weeks while CSX works to replace railroad ties along the Coast.

Work has already starting in Pass Christian but police there say they will make the necessary adjustments and emergency response times should not be affected.

Work to replace miles of railroad ties in Pass Christian and Bay Saint Louis is underway, meaning first police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances will have to make some detours.

At the heart of the matter is communication, said Pass Christian Police Chief Daren Freeman, adding that it’s the key to success in making sure everyone is working diligently together.

“I spoke with the fire chief this morning," Freeman said. "We have a fire station on the north side and on the south side of the tracks and we plan accordingly each day whenever they notify us there’s a closing. We just make sure the units know and they plan accordingly.”

Crews are working west from St. Paul Avenue and these railroad crossings in Pass Christian are expected to be closed for at least three days.

Freeman expressed confidence that these closures will not affect response times of police officers.

“All we’re going to do moving forward is just plan to whenever they do close a crossing we have units on the north and the south side," Freeman said. "We have several crossings in Pass Christian, approximately 17, that we can alter our routes whenever we’re responding to an emergency or call to service.”

Tuesday, CSX workers will start their work in Waveland near Nicholson Avenue.

As crews finish one railroad crossing they will make their way down the tracks to the next crossing, closing roads as they go.

CSX is expecting the entire railroad tie replacement project to take around two weeks to complete.

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