Editorial: Railroad fix potential nightmare for motorists

If motorists traveling along U.S. 50 or Tipton Street (or any other east-west street in Seymour) thought recent railroad-created traffic jams are headache-inducing, they should consider the migraines that will follow should planned railroad improvements go forward.

The federal Surface Transportation Board has given local motorists a brief respite from concerns about the latter situation by delaying until later this year a decision on proposed improvements to a Louisville & Indiana rail line that crosses Jackson County, running north and south through the heart of Seymour.

The improvements are long term in nature and involve repairs to 106.5 miles of north-south track in Indiana, according to officials with the Louisville & Indiana and CSX Transportation Inc. railroads. The estimated cost of the construction project is in the $70 million to $90 million range. Officials estimate the overall project could take seven years to complete.

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