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Shake, rattle and roll over Mineral’s train tracks

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

Buckingham Branch Railroad plans to make repairs to the tracks on  First Street in Mineral.

Buckingham Branch Railroad plans to make repairs to the tracks on First Street in Mineral.

Federal funding provided by the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) soon will make Mineral’s railroad crossing a much smoother ride for drivers.

Mineral town officials received a call last week that the Route 522 railroad crossing surface on First Street, which has resembled a speed bump in recent years, will soon be replaced.

“We’ve been trying to get the railroad company for quite a few months to fix the crossing,” Mayor Pam Harlowe said. “The rails are deteriorating and we’ve had numerous complaints, because when you go over the tracks, it’s so rough.”

“We look forward to the improved surface to better serve the citizens of the Commonwealth,” Buckingham Branch Railroad President Steve Powell said.

Buckingham Branch Railroad, which maintains the stretch of railroad that cuts through Mineral and Louisa, requested a resolution from the town of Louisa July of last year. The company hoped to gather enough support to receive state funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation.  Members of Mineral Town Council responded by drawing up a resolution in August of 2013.

In January, Mineral Town Manager Sal Luciano received word that money for the project had been approved. Still, because the project aimed at improving various parts of tracks across the state, Mineral’s railroad crossing was originally not near the top of the HSIP’s priority list.

A little persistence by town officials changed that.

To read the entire story, see the March 20 edition of The Central Virginian.

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