Rail repair delay puts plans off track

A major railroad upgrade that will likely bring more but faster trains through cities and towns in Johnson County won’t get started until next year at the earliest.

That project could bring construction to multiple railroad crossings in 2015 on the line that mostly runs parallel to U.S. 31 on the east side of the highway. For now, the only construction that is definitely going to happen in 2015 is a railroad crossing repair at Jefferson Street in Franklin.

The railroad company is waiting on an approval from the federal Surface Transportation Board on a project to upgrade its rails for a higher weight capacity, which could also lead to new railroad crossing work starting next year. Louisville & Indiana Railroad president John Goldman expects the project to get approved by the end of October, which means construction would start next year.

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