Work for faster trains under way on central Indiana railroad

Work has started in central Indiana on a railroad project that will boost the speed of freight trains using the line.

Crews are now upgrading the line through Franklin as part of Louisville & Indiana Railroad's plan for faster and longer trains between Indianapolis and Louisville. Federal officials approved the project two years ago but trains still have to slow down north of Seymour, the Daily Journal of Franklin reported.

Louisville & Indiana Railroad President John Goldman said the goal is have the work through Franklin and Greenwood finished by early August.

Goldman says the current 25 mph speed limit for trains will be gradually increased to 49 mph on the upgraded tracks.

Franklin officials said the upgrades will involve rail replacement and signal work at several crossings that will involve some road closings, starting as early as Monday. The Adams Street crossing closure is expected to last two weeks. Other crossings should each be completed in two days.

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