Thursday, September 10, 2009

Open house for Kinston, N.C., railroad improvement

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For two hours Sept. 10, city and railroad officials made themselves available to answer questions regarding a nine-month train track realignment between Mitchell and North Independence streets as they host an open house in downtown Kinston, N.C., local newspapers report.

Officials say the Mitchell-North Independence streets project, slated to begin this month, will allow trains to move faster and - thanks to the recent removal of the Blount Street freight depot - permit larger rail cars to pass through.

Also under way are plans for transload track to serve the Global TransPark, creating a siding and truck/rail-loading ramp for Spirit AeroSystems and other future users, officials said.

"The North Carolina Railroad has been a great citizen in terms of keeping the residents of our community informed of its needs," Pride of Kinston Director Adrian King said. "The (first objective) is to demonstrate by showing people and (secondly) explain all the details, such as moving the big pieces of cargo through town."

The event will start with comments from Mayor O.A. "Buddy" Ritch and several business and civic leaders. The rest of the open house will be informal, with representatives from the NCRR, Pride of Kinston and Norfolk Southern available to answer questions.

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