Crossings in Greenfield rail rehab nearly complete

Ron Coffey - For The Times-Gazette

The final three crossings in the Greenfield Rail Line Improvement Project are scheduled to be upgraded during the weekend of Sept. 11-14, according to Greenfield City Manager Ron Coffey.

The crossings receiving attention are Sixth Street in Greenfield, and Hales Branch and Frazer Road in Clinton County. Those roads will be closed as the rail is inspected and possibly replaced, new ties and ballast are added, and asphalt is put into place to smooth out the crossings.

“Our contractor, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, has done an excellent job thus far and we have received many positive comments on the condition of the upgraded crossings,” Coffey said.

The work this weekend will bring the total number of crossings repaired to 24.

Greenfield owns 29.5 miles of rail line from Thrifton in Ross County to Midland in Clinton County. Track, signal and bridge work remain to be completed, and progress has been excellent to date, Coffey said.

The Greenfield Rail Line Improvement Project has a price tag of approximately $4 million and is made possible by grants from the Economic Development Administration plus state and local funding. The project is expected to create 94 jobs, retain 765 jobs and protect approximately $14 million in private investment in the region.

Ron Coffey is the city manager of Greenfield.

Ron Coffey

For The Times-Gazette