Earlier this month, more than 525 CSX employees worked to complete the company's 2014 maintenance "Jamboree" on a section of its network in the Southeast, replacing about 68,000 ties and 200,000 feet of rail and completing nearly 120 miles of surfacing work.
The “Jamboree,” an annual event, compresses about a year’s worth of track, signal and bridge maintenance and upgrades into roughly one week, reducing the impact on customers and communities.
“The annual Maintenance Jamboree is one more example of CSX’s commitment to investing in both the safety and reliability of our network to better serve our customers and the communities in which we operate,” said Oscar Munoz, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “This program depends on the dedication and hard work of our engineering teams, who work tirelessly through the holiday period to ensure our network can move customers’ freight efficiently and continue to connect American businesses to the global economy.”
The $25-million worth of work, which ran from June 30 to July 7, focused on CSX tracks and bridges across Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Trackwork was concentrated on key routes between Shelby, Ky., and Greenwood, S.C., and from Bostic to Monroe, N.C. In addition to the track and tie work, CSX crews also converted several open deck bridges to more modern concrete ballast decks.