Opinion

January 16, 2014

Railroad, transportation planners seek your ideas

Midway Road, Baker Road, Henry Owens Road, Postelle Road and Redwine Cove Road probably aren’t the most traveled roads in Whitfield County. But for people who live in the southwest portion of the county or in the adjacent part of Gordon County, they could be regular parts of their daily commute.

But the Norfolk Southern railroad is looking at closing the railroad crossings on those roads. Plans call for an access road to be built parallel to the railroad to link those roads with two new, improved crossings.

The project promises to improve railroad and traffic safety in the area, and to make it easier for Norfolk Southern to move freight on the very busy Atlanta-to-Chattanooga route. But the work could inconvenience drivers, at least temporarily.

So it’s important for those who live in that area, or work there or travel there frequently, to make their voices heard. Officials will hold an open house on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Valley Point Middle School gymnasium. And those that have questions or concerns need to show up, as do those who already support the plans.

Norfolk Southern officials describe the open house as the first step in what will likely be a years-long process. The roads won’t be closed soon, so if you make your voice heard now, early in the planning, you might be able to shape the timing and design of the work.

 

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