To expedite the movement of freight trains, Norfolk Southern is increasing train speeds through Soddy Daisy and Dayton, effective Monday, railroad officials said.
In Soddy Daisy, train speeds will increase from 40 mph to a maximum of 60 mph at these public crossings: McAfee Road, Cox Lane, Walden Street, Igou Ferry Road, Daisy Dallas Road, Harrison Lane and Thrasher Pike.
In Dayton, train speeds will increase from 50 mph to 60 mph at: Walnut Grove Road, 11th Avenue, 2nd Avenue, California Avenue, Delaware Avenue, Illinois Avenue, and Iowa Street.
Officials said, "The warning devices at the crossings have been adjusted to properly activate when the faster moving trains are approaching. This measure is expected to improve public traffic flow and grade crossing safety by increasing train traffic fluidity through the area. Statistics show that more highway-rail grade crossing collisions occur at slower train speeds. At the same time, slower train speeds can cause traffic delays. NS operates 35-50 trains daily on this line.
"Motorists are reminded to obey railroad crossing signals and warnings and to use caution when approaching all highway-rail grade crossings. Operation Lifesaver is a public education program to end collisions, deaths, and injuries at highway-rail crossings and on railroad property. Operation Lifesaver state coordinators are available to make presentations to community groups, school children, bus and truck drivers, and others who live or travel near train tracks. Contact Tennessee Operation Lifesaver."