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Railroad work in Flowery Branch should mean smoother ride for motorists
Norfolk Southern replaces 3,800 crossties
The railroad ties stacked next to the tracks going through downtown Flowery Branch were replaced during routine maintenance work in January. - photo by Carly Sharec

Work done on the railroad going through Flowery Branch should provide a smoother ride for vehicles and trains alike.

“It’s called timbering and surfacing work,” Norfolk Southern spokesman Rick Harris said. “We replaced cross ties and realigned the track.”

It’s part of regular maintenance; the last time the railroad worked on this particular section of track was in 2008.

The work was completed during January. Four crossings in Flowery Branch were reworked, Harris said: at Snelling Avenue, Spring and Chattahoochee streets and Radford Road.

“It provides for a smoother ride for the freight,” Harris said. “(It’s also) an improvement for motorists in the area. If they drive over the crossings, they’ll find that they are a lot smoother.”

According to Harris, around 36 trains operate on that route on a typical day.

“It’s the main line between (Washington), D.C., and Atlanta,” he said.

All told, workers replaced 3,800 crossties along the line.

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