Railroad work closes a Clayton intersection Tuesday, but not the one the town expected

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Richard Stradling/rstradling@newsobserver.com

Norfolk Southern will close a railroad crossing near Clayton on Tuesday, but it’s not the one the town and state officials had warned drivers about.

The railroad had said it planned to close the busy crossing at N.C. 42 East at the intersection of U.S. 70 Business early Tuesday morning. The town urged drivers to find alternate routes both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Now Norfolk Southern says it won’t close the crossing at N.C. 42 East until Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, the railroad says it will close the nearby crossing at Powhatan Road on Tuesday, which came as a surprise to the town.

“This has created numerous communication issues for us as one of the detours we created for today involved the use of Powhatan Road,” spokesman Nathanael Shelton wrote in an email.

The closures will allow Norfolk Southern to replace wooden railroad ties and do other work. It’s part of a larger maintenance effort at several crossings in the Clayton and Selma area.

It’s not clear how long the Powhatan Road crossing will be closed. The N.C. 42 East closure was expected to last 24 to 36 hours, through two morning commutes and one evening one.

“We have done our best to prepare for this closure,” Amy Shearin, Clayton’s Emergency Management Coordinator, said in a statement Monday afternoon. “We have detours set up for local traffic, but we highly encourage commuters to look for alternate routes to their destination on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

The town will share updates on the status of the closures on its social media channels.