Work begins on abandoned railroad set to become 'Lowcountry Lowline' public park
Some signage and rails will be preserved and incorporated into the park
The abandoned railroad running down the upper peninsula will be removed starting today, signaling the first steps in the construction of the proposed "Lowcountry Lowline" public park.
The removal work will be performed by contractors for Norfolk-Southern, the Virginia-based transportation company that sold the mile-and-a-half of railroad to the City of Charleston and the nonprofit Friends of the Lowcountry Lowline for $4.6 million in December.
Work is set to begin near the northern section of the railroad at Mt. Pleasant Street. An unspecified amount of rails, switches, and lights will be preserved and incorporated into the final design of the linear park, according to the nonprofit.
The railroad runs all the way down to Courtland Avenue.