Unofficial but we’re reading in the Between the Rivers Facebook page that those stalled Norfolk Southern cars along Glenn Milner Boulevard have finally departed. They’d been sitting there for nearly two weeks. We’ll have updates soon.
Those rail car clogging the crossings at Glenn Milner Boulevard, between First and Sixth avenues, were still in place around 11 a.m. Friday even as the downtown parade ticks closer. We checked a bit further down the line to find even more cars stashed under the Turner McCall Boulevard bridge, starting from just behind Garner & Glover Insurance and continuing under the highway.
That’s important because one of the assumed remedies, short term at least, was moving the Glenn Milner cars in that direction at least until after Tuesday evening’s parade.
We have notes into Norfolk Southern for more.
Thursday update: With word now that the “parked” Norfolk Southern rail cars will line Glenn Milner into next week, please plan your trip to downtown Rome for the Christmas parade carefully. Glenn Milner is key for both parade assembly as well as for traffic into and out of the downtown neighborhoods. Past parades have drawn 20,000 or more guests.
The train track that splits Glenn Milner Boulevard almost parallel to the Etowah River has been an issue for Between the Rivers’ residents for ages. Most recently, debris left by some “track improvements” created an eyesore, never mind potential liability issues.
Now residents and retailers have a bigger headache — dozens of box cars blocking the tracks from First Avenue to almost Sixth Avenue as you travel toward Turner McCall (via First Street). What’s a concern: The engineless cars are blocking cuts at the end of the road, blocking an entrance from Glenn Milner. Even more of a concern: The blockade between the Milner lanes also are cutting off any emergency traffic involving Rome Police or Rome Floyd Fire Department.
We checked with Rome Police on Wednesday morning who, in turn, had contacted the railroad. Assistant Chief of Police Debbie Burnett says the agency was told “the rail cars will be moved in about a week.”