CSX updated

The ceremonial opening of the future CSX facility is scheduled for mid-October.

The details of the opening of the future CSX intermodal facility north of the city are taking shape, the state Transportation Department said.

Planning is underway for a ribbon cutting in mid-October, Transportation Department Marketing and Communications Project Manager Katie Trout told the Telegram in a brief email.

Trout told the newspaper she would be happy to share more details, including the logistics and the list of speakers, as the ceremonial opening date approaches.

Gov. Roy Cooper; U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District; and scores of other VIPs and residents gathered in April 2019 on the lawn of the N.C. Wesleyan campus for a dirt-turning ceremony signaling the start of construction of the future CSX facility.

The future facility is just on the Edgecombe County side of the Nash County-Edgecombe County line.

The Telegram in January 2020 reported the project was scheduled to be ready by the end of that year.

Carolinas Gateway Partnership Vice President Oppie Jordan told the Telegram in July that workers from Ireland were delayed in coming to install the cranes at the site of the future intermodal facility due to safety restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

The future CSX facility, which is also called the Carolina Connector, will be a place for freight trains to arrive, with the freight to be off-loaded onto other trains or trucks for distribution.