Trains traveled across the new railroad underpass bridge for the first time late Sunday night, marking a major milestone for the years-in-progress project.
The second track was moved onto the bridge Monday and now both tracks are in use.
Ohio Department of Transportation project engineer Brian Rawlings said there were no issues when moving the trains to the new tracks.
“We were all just excited it finally happened,” he said. “We’ve been waiting for a while for it.”
Over the next week or so, CSX will make final alignments and adjustments to the new tracks.
Rawlings said that’s mostly to make sure the gates and signals are functioning properly.
The next part of the project involves removing the old tracks that are no longer in use. Rawlings said the removal will start Monday.
Now that the trains have been redirected to the new tracks, workers can beginbuilding a retaining wall, setting up storm drainage, and paving the roadway on the north side of the bridge.
The project was originally projected to be complete by August 2014, but Rawlings estimates the project will be finished closer to Halloween this year.
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CSX employees work on moving the tracks to the underpass bridge on July 9.