The dreaded increase in the number of trains traveling through downtown Columbus, promised for the past three years, is about to begin.

Louisville & Indiana Railroad officials have notified the city that longer, heavier and faster CSX trains will begin traveling through Columbus on L&I’s rail system beginning Nov. 3.

The final hurdle is completion of a new Noblitt Park railroad bridge being readied to slide into place once the old span of the Noblitt Park railroad bridge over the Flatrock River is removed.

That clears the way for the longer, heavier and faster trains coming through the city.

The Republic: Increased train traffic around the bend: Completion of new Noblitt Park rail bridge to pave way for higher volume