Railroad upgrade planned for southern Indiana line

The owner of a rail line through that runs from Indianapolis to Jeffersonville is planning a $90 million project to replace an aging bridge and make improvements over more than 100 miles of track in southern Indiana.

Officials of the Louisville & Indiana Railroad say the project will allow it freight trains to go faster through Columbus and other cities along its route that generally parallels Interstate 65.

Company president Michael Stolzman told The Republic that trains using the route have become longer recently as they are carrying more finished vehicles and auto parts from Kentucky to Chicago.

The trains can currently only go 10 mph near Columbus because of the condition of a nearby 100-year-old bridge over the Flat Rock River. The company is waiting federal approval of the upgrade project.

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