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Virginia Capacity Projects

As part of a commitment to provide reliable, on-time rail service, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and CSX freight railroad are working together to complete several rail capacity projects that will improve passenger rail service and freight traffic in and around Richmond, Virginia. Once completed, these new features will ease train traffic congestion and keep trains moving more fluidly.  

Construction and engineering teams have designed these projects to be completed as quickly as is safely possible, with as little impact to nearby communities as possible. The timelines below are general outlines of when work is expected to occur. Factors such as weather and other unanticipated events may impact timing of each phase.

  • Acca Yard Bypass - In late 2015, crews began shifting tracks within Acca Yard to make room for two new tracks along the western edge of the yard. These bypass tracks will allow passenger and freight trains to pass around the yard, rather than slowing down to pass directly through the center of the yard in its current configuration. This will reduce delays experienced when interacting with freight yard operations. This work is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
  • Crossovers - Several new rail crossovers will be built on the tracks south of Richmond, allowing trains to switch between the two main tracks to safely pass other trains. These new crossovers will be located near Richmond’s Westover Hills neighborhood, near the Walmsley Boulevard crossing, and near Amtrak’s Petersburg Station. The crossovers near the Amtrak Petersburg Station were completed in June 2017, the crossovers near the Westover Hills neighborhood have a planned completion by the end of August 2017 and the last crossover near the Walmsley Boulevard crossing will be completed in 2018. In constructing the crossovers near Walmsley Blvd, materials such as ballast rock are expected to be delivered by truck. Large pieces of equipment will be utilized to assemble and install the track infrastructure.
  • New Double Track - In November 2016, crews completed and placed into service approximately eight miles of a second track along the main line from Reams to Carson, along with two more rail crossovers.

Work for each phase of the project will be done during daylight hours. During this time, neighbors can expect to hear noise from trucks and heavy equipment, as well as train horns. As a safety precaution, train engineers must sound their horns when moving through a construction zone. 
Capitalizing on some of the materials and equipment already in place, CSX will also take the opportunity to rebuild and resurface several street-level rail crossings in the area. Local authorities and drivers will be notified of any road closures and detours well in advance so they can plan accordingly. 
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