OCEAN SPRINGS -- Washington Avenue will remained closed today at the entrance to downtown Ocean Springs, off U.S. 90, as CSX railroad workers work on the crossing.
City leaders said it is expected to reopen Friday.
CSX has been doing a major overhaul on seven city crossings for the past several weeks, and reached the Washington Avenue crossing Wednesday morning.
Besides reworking the crossings and replacing ties, Ocean Springs and Jackson County came up with enough money to have CSX replace asphalt at the crossings with a special synthetic rubber that will make the tracks smoother to cross, and last a lot longer.
The local cost was $65,000 -- $42,000 from the county road and bridge tax and $23,000 from the city.
"It will extend the life of the crossings for years," said Alderman Mike Impey. "Because they will last longer, we won't have to do this again as soon."
Motorists are advised to take an alternate route into downtown until work is completed.