Rail Update: Ingraham Work Complete

Ingraham Avenue rail crossingRail work that closed the Ingraham Avenue near Bartow Road this week was completed Friday, CSX reports. A spokeswoman said that project is separate from one that is scheduled to close three downtown intersections in late May and/or early June.

Rail crews installed new ties and replaced asphalt as part of ongoing rail maintenance, spokeswoman Kristin Seay said.

They previously performed similar work at other intersections along Bartow Road and during the past week upgraded intersections between Lakeland and Auburndale.

Here is the text of Seay’s Friday statement about this week’s work:

As part of our network-wide crossing maintenance program, CSX crews rebuilt the Ingraham Avenue crossing in Lakeland this week.  This work included tearing out old crossties, installing new ties and repaving the crossings with asphalt to provide a smoother ride over the tracks for drivers.   Typically, it takes three to four days to rebuild, repave and re-open a crossing depending on weather conditions.  The crossing was closed Monday and re-opened today. The work at Ingraham Avenue was planned separately from the crossings that were originally slated for this week and are now being rescheduled.

Maintaining railroad infrastructure is critical to preventing accidents and injuries and minimizing service disruptions.  CSX spends more than $1 billion annually on improving and maintaining track, bridges, signals and other equipment to keep freight moving safely and reliably through the communities we serve.  We apologize for the temporary inconvenience this closure may have caused and appreciate the community’s patience.