Railroad upgrade bumped off track

A delay in federal approval means upgrades for a railroad company’s tracks that cross Johnson County would start in late summer — if they’re approved.

That’s a delay of three to six months for the start of construction on an up to $90 million project, which will replace the Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co.’s 106 miles of steel tracks and a bridge between Louisville, Ky., and Indianapolis.

The upgrades will allow for the train speed limit to increase from 25 mph to 40 mph on the rail line. When complete, CSX Transportation will be able to run nine or more additional trains on the tracks.

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