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December 2, 2014

RJ Corman railroad work delayed

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The ongoing renovation of the R.J. Corman railroad spanning the Cumberland River has been extended through March 31.

R.J. Corman was granted an extension to the original December 22 deadline but has said the work should be completed in January. Workers continue the process of stripping the third section of old rust in preparation for repainting, but plans are also contingent on the weather. Freezing weather forced delays in the work last month.

The work will pose no additional cost to the city, county of TDOT. Costs will be absorbed by R.J. Corman. The $3.1 million cost comes directly from through a federal TDOT grant which funds 80% of the cost.

While RJ Corman has until March 31, Powell said he doubts the work will take that long. The additional work will be assessed to Montgomery County, the City of Clarksville or the state of Tennessee. R.J. Corman is paying 10% of the balance, with the city and county each paying 5%. The city and county will also pay $55,000 to the lighting costs with a federal grant paying the balance of that $550,000 cost.

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