Norfolk Southern intends to install a 120-foot communications tower on its property at the Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility south of Greencastle.
Norfolk Southern intends to install a 120-foot communications tower on its property at the Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility. The tower will have a 15-foot lightning rod atop it. A legal notice in last week's Echo Pilot said the tower would be located within an area that had been previously disturbed as part of the construction process.
"We're looking at constructing a steel-frame communications tower next to the main administration building," said David Pidgeon, manager of public relations. "It will essentially assist operators of the terminal to communicate with locomotive operators and assist with terminal communications operations."
Norfolk Southern did not yet have a timeframe for construction.
The rail company is working with Clough, Harbour & Associates (CHA) to offer the public an opportunity to comment on the project. Interested parties are asked to submit comments on potential effect on historic properties by July 19. Citizen input is required by the U.S. National Environmental Protection Act in order for Norfolk Southern to obtain a Federal Communications Commission license for the tower.
Comments may be sent to Nicole Frazier, III Winners Circle, Albany N.Y.
The legal notice did not include the zip code or a valid telephone number. An online search showed the zip code as 12205-0269. The telephone number was 518-453-4500 ext. 8211. Several messages left at CHA and its media outlet for confirmation were not returned by presstime.