CSX will close some railroad crossings in Hampton Roads for routine maintenance

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UPDATE Jan. 14, 2020: Some rail crossings have been canceled in the City of Chesapeake for Wednesday, Jan. 15.

The city sent out a notification Tuesday:

“We’ve been alerted this evening that the railroad crews suffered major equipment failure and will therefore not be closing any crossings tomorrow. They will not be returning to the crossings at Keaton, Sunnybrook, Goodman, S. Military, and Franks Truck Stop until later in the year. The crossings at Snowden, Bisco, and Turn Ln will likely be rescheduled for the end of this week or next week.”


(WAVY) – Southern Commercial Development LLC will work alongside CSX to provide traffic control and detour signage for railroad crossings that require upcoming routine maintenance.

Traffic will be rerouted and signs will be in place marking detour routes. Each crossing will be closed for two to five days, officials with Southern Commercial Development LLC say.

CSX railroad has scheduled the following list of crossings to be closed for repair:

Portsmouth, Va.

  • Frederick Blvd (Near Interstate 264 and Mascott St)
    Closing on/around 1/13/2020
  • Rodman Ave (Between Choate St and Gum Dr)
    Closing on/around 1/13/20 20
  • Portsmouth Blvd (Near Turnpike Rd)
    Closing on/around 1/13/2020
  • McLean Street (Near Airline Blvd)
    Closing on/around 1/13/2020
  • Victory Blvd (Near Airline Blvd)
    Closing on/around 1/13/2020
  • Hyman Street (Between Ballard Ave and Airline Blvd)
    Closing on/around 1/13/2020
  • Elmhurst Lane (Near Garwood Ave)
    Closing on/around 1/14/2020
  • Greenwood Drive (Near Interstate 264 and Garwood Ave)
    Closing on/around 1/14/2020

Chesapeake, Va.

The City of Chesapeake says some residents and businesses should be prepared to not have vehicular access in or out of the neighborhood during the maintenance hours.

“Residents who choose to stay in their neighborhood must understand that they will not be able to drive out of the neighborhood during their crossing’s closure,” the city said. “… Residents may choose to park their vehicle on the opposite side of the crossing (if there is space to do so in a legal and safe manner) and walk to and from them when necessary.”

Emergency vehicles will be staged inside neighborhoods that are blocked off in case of emergency in those areas. Trash collection will proceed as regularly scheduled unless a neighborhood is blocked, in which case residents will be notified of their new pickup day.

Children whose bus pickup and drop off routes are affected will be notified by the school division.

  • Keaton Way (near Keaton Ct.) – Jan. 14, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunnybrook Ter. (between Sunkist Rd. and Cedar Grove Cres.) – Jan. 14, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Goodman St. (off of Airline Blvd.) – Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • S. Military Hwy. (between W. Military Hwy. and Ridgeway Ave.) – Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Crossing behind Frank’s Truck Stop (off of W. Military Hwy.) – Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Snowden St. (off of S. Military Hwy.) – Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Businesses should be accessible via Bisco St. during this closure) *No additional infrastructure will be added during this project.
  • Bisco St. (between W. Military Hwy. and Sondej Ave.) – Jan. 16, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Businesses should be accessible via Snowden St. during this closure)
  • Turn Ln. (off of W. Military Hwy.) – Jan. 16, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Suffolk, Va.

  • E. Washington Street (Between Portsmouth Blvd and Philhower Dr)
    Closing on/around 1/21/2020
  • Suburban Drive (Between Portsmouth Blvd and Riddick Dr)
    Closing on/around 1/21/2020
  • Moore Ave (Between E. Pinner St and Finney Ave)
    Closing on/around 1/22/2020
  • N. Main Street (Between Prentis St and Finney Ave)
    Closing on/around 1/22/2020
  • Pine Street (Between Prentis St and Finney Ave)
    Closing on/around 1/22/2020
  • W. Constance Road (Between Prentis St and 2nd Ave)
    Closing on/around 1/23/2020

“We will update you with changes in the schedule as they occur, as they are highly likely in this field of work. Please note that any and all dates are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen conditions,” said Erika Elmore, assistant railroad manager for Southern Commercial Development. 

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