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Part of Norfolk Southern line remains inoperable, expected to be out for weeks

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By Liz Segrist
Published Oct. 21, 2015

Norfolk Southern’s rail line that runs from Columbia to Spartanburg is projected to be out of service for three weeks because of the flooding that deluged the state earlier this month.

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A bridge that runs over the Broad River at mile post 151 was damaged, causing the line to be inoperable on that stretch. The line is expected to reopen the week of Nov. 9.

“Traffic is being rerouted to accommodate local service to customers. Minor delays should be expected,” a news release from the company said.

Manufacturers, retail distribution centers and other companies use the rail line to ship containers into and out of the Port of Charleston. BMW Manufacturing Co. exclusively uses Norfolk Southern rail to ship cars from the S.C. Inland Port gates in Greer to the Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston.

Norfolk Southern has made an alternative route from Greer to Charlotte available. BMW will move cars on that route, avoiding the damaged bridge, and then on to Columbia and Charleston.

“We are transitioning from trucking to this alternate rail route until we can resume service from Greer to Columbia,” Sky Foster, BMW Manufacturing spokeswoman, said in an email.

Norfolk Southern has restored operations on most other key rail lines in South Carolina, according to the release.

Reach staff writer Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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