Livingston Parish train traffic to triple in wake of spillway fire
GONZALES - Emergency officials in Livingston Parish say they’re expecting an overall increase in train traffic through the parish due to a fire on the Bonnet Carré Spillway.
Trains are being rerouted through Livingston Parish into Baton Rouge from New Orleans as the railroad trestle that caught fire will remain out of service for a week or perhaps longer.
Usually, parish officials say two trains pass through the parish on the average day, but with the spillway closure that number will triple to six. Officials say most of these trains will pass through at night though, so the impact expected for residents of the area will be minimal. As always, drivers are urged to use caution when driving around the train tracks.
Railroad officials have yet to establish a timetable for when the tracks along the spillway will be repaired.
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