Plan to upgrade rails across county remains stalled

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Work is still on hold for a project that could bring more and faster trains through Johnson County.

The Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co. wants to partner with another railroad company to replace tracks and a bridge so trains can increase their speeds from 15 or 25 mph up to a possible 49 mph and allow train cars that carry heavier loads. Traffic on the tracks could then go up from about six trains per day to 17. Drivers would stop more frequently at railroad crossings and hear the horns more often as the trains carrying plastic pellets, automobiles, grain, lumber and other freight pass by neighborhoods.

The project would replace the Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co.’s 106.5 miles of steel tracks and a bridge between Louisville and Indianapolis. CSX Transportation, of Jacksonville, Florida, would pay for much of the up to $90 million project and also pay the Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co. $10 million to share use of the tracks permanently.

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