Railroad denies town’s request for help

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The ongoing issue of flooding problems in southeastern Mount Olive has been hit with another setback.

Last November, the town asked CSX Railroad to finance installing a 48-inch culvert under the railroad in the area of Center and Williamson streets.

It was a $563,000 project that had been recommended from an engineering study.

The town has spent thousands of dollars in completing other projects recommended by the engineering study to help with flooding issues in that area of town.

Now, 10 months later, a response just came from CSX.

“CSX will not be able to provide a financial incentive towards this proposed work. CSX will allow the town to install a new culvert under CSX as long as it is licensed through our review process,” wrote CSX spokesman Troy Creasy in an email to Town Manager Charles Brown.

“We simply do not have the funding to do that, and because it is a storm water issue there is no grant funding out there to finance that project,” Brown said.

“The problem is unless we have something to get water under the railroad all the work that we have already done does not really help that much. The railroad is basically a dam between east and west Mount Olive,” he said.

The only thing the town can do is continue to seek funding, he added. “What we have done so far will help some, but the big key [is] to that 48-inch culvert under the railroad track.”

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