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Tank cars screened from view in Mayfield
Construction is underway for a privacy fence along Railroad Avenue in the Mayfield section of Fredericksburg.
The fence provides a barrier and a screen to block the view of the railroad tracks and the tank cars sitting on them on the edge of the community.
CSX Corp. and Transflo Terminal Services Inc., which owns the cars that use the siding, donated money for the fence, City Councilwoman Bea Paolucci said. At last week’s City Council meeting, Paolucci thanked CSX, Transflo and city officials who have worked together to resolve the longstanding issue.
Transflo Terminal Services Inc. opened an ethanol transfer facility in Spotsylvania County’s industrial park—400 feet from the Fredericksburg city limits—in fall of 2009. There, ethanol transported to Spotsylvania by rail is transferred to trucks, which take it to fuel farms in Northern Virginia.
Rail cars that don’t fit at the Spotsylvania site sit temporarily on the rails near Mayfield.
City Manager Bev Cameron said the fence along Railroad Avenue is a temporary solution because the tank cars will eventually be moved to Prince William County to a facility currently going through the government approval process.
Cameron said he doesn’t know how long it would take for the Prince William site to be ready.
Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972