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Introduction

This website will provide the citizens of Columbus and Bartholomew County with the latest Columbus Railroad Project information.  The website goal is to enhance communication with the public, improve public safety and help mitigate traffic issues.

As the economy grows in our country, so does the need for business and industry to look for the safest and most economical way to transport goods and supplies across our nation.  Oftentimes, this mode of transportation is train transportation.  Our community is impacted by an increase in train travel across its major intersections, with the most impacted intersection located at State Road 46 and Indiana 11, the main entrance point to our city for many travelers and commuters.

Louisville and Indiana Railroad owns the railroad tracks that cross Columbus.  They leased the use of the tracks to CSX Railroad, which controls the amount and size of trains utilizing them.  Due to an increased need by their customers, CSX is investing $100 million to make improvements to the railroad line between Louisville, Kentucky and Indianapolis, Indiana.  These improvements include a solid, welded track and improved crossings to allow for more trains, heavier trains and faster train speeds along this corridor, except through Columbus.  The 20 MPH speeds will remain due to the tight curves in Mill Race Park.

Improvements are complete with the exception of the replacement of the Flat Rock River Bridge.  Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2018 (weather permitting) at a cost of $12 million paid by the railroad.  All of these improvements will give CSX the ability to run longer and heavier trains through our city.  As a result, by the end of 2018, Columbus could face a significant traffic delays due to increased train traffic.

In 2016, The City of Columbus engaged an engineering firm to complete an impact study and provide possible solutions to the impending increased train traffic.  Multiple overpasses were considered.  Part of the process also included working with the Indiana Department of Transpiration (as both State Road 46 and Indiana 11 are owned by the State of Indiana) to establish a feasible timeline and funding options.  An overpass solution was identified (click here to see a concept of the overpass). In July 2017, an announcement was made that a $30 Million overpass was going to be built.  The State of Indiana, City of Columbus, Bartholomew County, Louisville & Indianapolis Railroad and CSX came to together to fund this large economic development project. Construction is expected to start in 2019.

Please continue to visit this website for additional railroad updates and project progress.

News

City of Columbus Launches Online Train Status Page

December 4th, 2018|

The City of Columbus announces the launch of a web-based train status page that will allow residents to determine if a train is approaching the intersection of Indiana 11 and SR  46. The technology behind the page was designed by Isaiah Bowman, a senior at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus who is completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Technology.

Louisville & Indiana Railroad and City Celebrate Opening of Noblitt Park Bridge

November 12th, 2018|

On November 5, Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Mrs. Pam Lienhoop and David Hayward, Executive Director of Public Works and City Engineer, joined officials from the Louisville & Indiana Railroad, CSX Railroad and other state and local officials to celebrate the ribbon cutting on the new Noblitt Park railroad bridge, which replaced a bridge that had spanned the Flat Rock River for over 100 years.