Railroad track removal set to start Oct. 16 on Highway 41

Hwy-41 railroad track removal to start Oct. 16

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The date for the work to remove the railroad tracks on Highway 41 near Virginia is set to start Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The work was supposed to start at the end of September, but it was delayed.

Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation says there was a federally mandated 15-day waiting period.

INDOT maintenance crews will close all lanes of U.S. 41 from S.R. 62 to Walnut Street as Norfolk Southern Railroad crews work to remove the crossing. The project will require the removal of the rails crossing U.S. 41 and repair of the pavement.

“We’ve got two days worth of work there to do," said INDOT Communications Director Jason Tiller. "Use the detour, using Morgan Avenue, State Route 62 go down I-69 and hit the Lloyd Expressway. Yes, there is a little bit of an out of the way detour, but again, it’s a short closure we’re looking at two days”.

INDOT says school traffic will be accounted for as a part of the closure, with work scheduled around the morning peak times.

One man told 14 News because this road was closed it added 10 minutes to his commute.

“You’re not gonna have any school buses stopping there anymore, which is a huge danger,” said driver Joshua Giles “You’re also not gonna have a torn-up vehicle when you cross the paths”.

Once the closure is in place, all lanes will be completely closed to through traffic around the clock.

One motorcyclist tells us he’s been avoiding 41 for years because of the railroad tracks.

“I even warn other motorcycle riders that I ride with to watch them tracks because they are so bad even when they fixed them in no time they were rough again,” said motorcyclist Roy Holder.

If the weather stays clear, we could see this part of 41 up and running by the end of the week.

The official detour for this closure uses SR 62, I-69 and SR 66.

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