Riders of the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line - which includes the Salem Station and all five Beverly stops - should expect intermittent delays of roughly 15 minutes over the next eight weeks as workers replace ties along the line.
According to Tom Halkin, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail (MBCR) Company, the work had previously begun closer to Boston, and last Friday the operation moved up closer to the end of the line - which splits in Beverly - near Newburyport and Rockport.
Due to the nature of the work, officials have no way of telling when exactly it will cause delays.
"It's tough to pinpoint and be able to say everyday - because it's tough unfortunately to kind of have a set schedule of when - but the delays will be temporary when speed restrictions are put on the line," Halkin said.
Workers are replacing the old ties along the line. The project is routine, but requires speed restrictions for a period after the new ties are installed. According to Halkin delays will only occur when particular sections of track are finished, but officials can not say definitively when each section will finish and cause delays.
"They have to give it time to set before they can resurface [the new] ties. It's going to be during the time that the ties are setting that speed restrictions will be put on the line so that trains go over them slower," Halkin said. "Again it's intermittent throughout the eight weeks, it's not something that's going to be every day all day."
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