BNSF acknowledges slow trains through Emporia, says Mechanic Street could reopen next week

Burlington Northern Santa Fe says Mechanic Street could reopen next week, but it says work on the city’s three underpasses has recently slowed rail traffic. Chuck Samples/KVOE News.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe says work could be done soon on repairs to the Mechanic Street underpass — which is good, as several Emporia residents are concerned that trains are moving at a snail’s pace at across town at times this week.

Earlier this week, residents complained about trains being stuck in the Mechanic Street underpass work area, citing a stoppage of at least 36 hours in one case. According to the BNSF, drivers “may have experienced slower trains” than normal, as well as a “temporary traffic backlog”.

The reason for the recent slowdowns, according to BNSF, is ongoing work at the Mechanic Street underpass, which has been closed for several weeks as unspecified repairs continue after a similar project last fall.

BNSF says it is working with the city to complete the Mechanic Street project. The railroad says Mechanic Street will remain closed to traffic for at least a week.

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