Update: Work at Graysville Rd. RR crossing in Catoosa County ends early, road back open

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UPDATE:

Catoosa County Government announced that the crossing opened Wednesday night after work crews finished their project early.

PREVIOUSLY:

Catoosa County leaders announced Wednesday morning that the railroad crossing at Graysville Road will be closed through Thursday.

County leaders say CSX notified them of the closure of the major thoroughfare.

In a statement emailed to NewsChannel 9, CSX Railroad says, "As part of a network-wide infrastructure maintenance program, CSX is conducting maintenance on crossings in Catoosa County, GA, which includes the Graysville Road crossing, CSX has closely coordinated this work with the local road authority and we expect to re-open the crossing Friday, barring any weather delays or other unexpected issues. Maintenance like this is critical to the safety of both train operations and roadway traffic, and CSX appreciates the public's patience while we complete this important work.”

Several drivers called the closure 'unexpected' and 'inconvenient.'

Ladelle Finely says he was late returning from his lunch break because he hadn't planned for the added commute time.

He says he would've appreciated some advance notice, adding, "If they could just try to meet us in the middle and think about the residents that would help just a little bit."

Back in March, voters turned down a proposed 1 percent tax increase that would have paid for several road projects around the county, including a bridge at the Graysville Road railroad crossing.

In September of 2016, a crash killed a retired Catoosa County deputy at that crossing.

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you more details as we get them.

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