UPDATE: Sept. 6, 11:30 a.m. - Erika L. Elmore, railroad division assistant manager with Southern Commercial Development, informed the Courier that railroad officials are working to reschedule planned railroad crossing closures on the CSX Nahunta line in Long and Liberty counties. Emore said the previous closure schedule has been suspended.
Local government officials apparently reached out to the railroad, to discuss the negative impact closing all three crossings would have on traffic flow in Long County.
A Facebook posting on the Long County Board of Commissioner's page read: "(Commission) Chairman (Robert) Parker has been in discussions with CSX this morning about the rail crossing closures in the City of Ludowici. The closure dates have been pushed back at this time and the Chairman is confident an agreement can be reached before the new dates to limit the closures to only two crossings."
Elmore said CSX understands "it is the life line of the community" in regards to the city of Ludowici and Long County, and railroad officials are actively coordinating a better closure schedule. Not all three crossings in Ludowici - located on Main Street, Macon Street and McDonald Street - will be closed at the same time as previously announced. One crossing closure can be scheduled for closure at a later date, according to Elmore.
"We don't want to cause anxiety for the community," she said.