JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - July 9, 2014 - Over the Fourth of July holiday last week, more than 525 CSX employees were hard at work on the railroad, safely replacing about 68,000 railroad ties and 200,000 feet of rail, and completing nearly 120 miles of surfacing work.
These accomplishments were part of the 2014 CSX "Maintenance Jamboree," an annual blitz that accomplishes about a year's worth of rail, crosstie, signal and bridge work into one week to reduce impact on customers and communities. In addition to CSX's regularly scheduled maintenance and infrastructure work, during the Jamboree CSX crews undertook additional engineering projects that promote train safety, reliability and service, and benefit customers across CSX's network. They also support community safety by helping to maintain smooth crossings where roads and highways meet the tracks at grade level.
"The annual Maintenance Jamboree is one more example of CSX's commitment to investing in both the safety and reliability of our network to better serve our customers and the communities in which we operate," said Oscar Munoz, executive vice president and chief operating officer. "This program depends on the dedication and hard work of our engineering teams, who work tirelessly through the holiday period to ensure our network can move customers' freight efficiently and continue to connect American businesses to the global economy."
The $25 million worth of work, which ran from June 30 to July 7, focused on CSX tracks and bridges across Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Track work was concentrated on key routes between Shelby, Ky. and Greenwood, S.C. and from Bostic to Monroe, N.C. In addition to the track and tie work, CSX crews also converted several open deck bridges to more modern concrete ballast decks.
CSX has celebrated a Maintenance Jamboree since 1999, when a machine operator coined the term "Jamboree" to describe the mass gathering of maintenance-of-way crews and equipment in one area.
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