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To: BNSF Carload Customers

Update – Bridge Outage Bayou Boeuf, Louisiana

This is a service advisory update to the outage of the mainline swing span bridge over Bayou Boeuf located approximately 73 miles west of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Preliminary engineering estimates to restore the bridge to service will take seven to ten days.

BNSF has developed an operation reroute plan during the outage working closely with the carriers named below. The plan will include:

    CSXT and NS flowing westbound New Orleans gateway traffic via Birmingham. BNSF will classify shipments at the Kansas City, Kansas hump yard.
    BNSF flowing eastbound New Orleans gateway traffic to the Memphis hump yard and classifying for delivery to CSXT and NS at Birmingham.
    Local westbound shipments originating on the mainline outage for the PTRA and Lafayette, Louisiana will be reswitched at Avondale, Louisiana and slotted over the UP Livonia Sub.
Customers can expect an additional 4 to 5 days transit time over this week and into early next week.

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