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2 crossings to be closed for 2 days

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Mack Walters, Old Finchville roads each to be closed for 2 days next week

By Todd Martin

Those traveling Old Finchville and Mack Walters roads next week can expect some delays at the R.J. Corman railroad crossings.

The two crossings being closed are not the larger, more active Norfolk Southern lines but instead are the R.J. Corman spur lines.

The spur line runs from the R.J. Corman tracks north of Shelbyville down 11th street through town and turns south to cross Mack Walters and Old Finchville Road where it ends at the industrial park on Pearce Industrial Road to deliver its cars to Macro Plastics.

Mack Walters Road will be closed at the crossing, about a half-mile from Midland Trail, on Monday at 7 a.m. and reopen by Tuesday at 3 p.m., and Old Finchville Road will close at the crossing on Wednesday at 7 a.m. and reopen by Thursday at 3 p.m.

The company will be replacing and repairing the crossings.

The crossing on High Street in Shelbyville will also be repaired, but because it is the only entrance and exit on the west side of the street, a portion will remain open for residents and emergency vehicles.

R.J. Corman is continuing the process of replacing all its crossings in Shelby County. The process began last year near Simpsonville and has systemically moved through, sometimes closing roads with high traffic.

Railroad officials did speak with representatives from Shelbyville and Shelby County Public Schools, and Jennifer Herrell, city engineer/director of Public Works, said R.J. Corman has already started to prep the areas.

“They’ve put up signs and have some materials in the area,” she said.

Shelby County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Operations Kerry Whitehouse said the railroad company had been in contact with the school.

“We’re currently drafting a letter to send home with students to alert parents of the closure and that buses could be five to ten minutes late in those areas for the morning and afternoon routes,” he said. “It’s the same process we used when they closed the bridge on Old Christiansburg Road.”

The school district won’t have to make any changes for the work at High Street.