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Rail work underway in the county

MAINTENANCE: Crews were working on railroad crossings in Picayune over the last weekend. Photo by Jeremy Pittari

MAINTENANCE: Crews were working on railroad crossings in Picayune over the last weekend.
Photo by Jeremy Pittari

Work is being completed along a nine-mile stretch of Norfolk Southern railroad tracks within Pearl River County.
This weekend crews were out working on the railroad crossings in Picayune, as they were conducting maintenance work on the lines.
According to a release from the company, the work is replacing crossties and resurfacing the crossings from Derby to Picayune within Pearl River County.
The work is expected to be complete by Thursday, the release states.
Motorists and residents may see machines on the lines that handle wooden ties, pull metal spikes and sweep ballasts along the tracks as the maintenance is being completed. At times the work is conducted in an assembly line fashion that can stretch for about a mile. By working from dusk until dawn, four days a week, the crews can complete up to 10 miles of this work in a week, the release states.
Norfolk Southern has about 22,000 miles of track to maintain within 22 states, according to the release. Funds to conduct this maintenance came from the private dollars of U.S. freight railroads, not tax dollars, the release states.