Railroad construction begins in Pelham

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PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Construction work begins Tuesday to fix a major headache for drivers in Shelby County. Stopped trains cause heavy backups.

Lee Street in Pelham is going to be shut down for at least two months. Railroad crews are going to be building a crossover track to keep the trains moving.

Right now, the trains will sometimes stop, blocking busy intersections for drivers in between Pelham and Helena.

Amanda Ruiz, Helena resident, said, “A lot of the days I get stopped right there at the track, makes me late for work almost every day the train is stopped there. Because by the time, the traffic is all the way backed up and the train gets by, 10-15 sometimes even 20 minute delay.”

The construction is expected to take at least two months.

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