'It's gonna be horrible:' Remount Road closed 5 days for railroad repairs starting today
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) —
Major traffic troubles are on the way for people who commute through parts of North Charleston.
Railroad work is set to close part of Remount Road beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The closure will last until Saturday.
Rail network CSX says it's repaving the crossing and replacing crossties and tracks.
North Charleston officials say they asked for work to be delayed or rescheduled, but CSX shrugged off their requests and worries.
Officials with Charleston County School District confirm several school bus routes will be impacted by the closure, but no bell times will be adjusted. Click HERE to view the affected routes.
It’s worrisome for businesses right on the edge, too. Little Caesars Pizza is located adjacent to the tracks.
“Yes, I would say about half of our business could be affected by this,” said Candice Leiter, general manager.
She said half their business comes through the pick-up window and most people want pizza fast.
“It’s going to be horrible, it’s going to be very horrible because our business comes from that end of the railroad tracks, so when it’s shut down and you have to travel all the way around to get here,” Leiter said. “I have a feeling a lot of people are not going to make that travel.”
It will also be hard for her employees to get to work, especially those without a car.
Stanley Francis walks from home to Little Caesars five days a week, a 30-minute walk each way. The high school senior said he’ll have to find another route.
“I’m going to have to walk all the way down Rivers to Remount Road,” Francis said. “I don’t know how long that will take me, an hour maybe, two hours, that’s a long walk.”
Leiter is bracing for a slow week both inside and out.
“I’ve never seen that before, never, even when it’s pouring down rain, it’s still heavy, heavy traffic,” Leiter said.