FOX 8 Defenders: Plaquemines rail ties cleared just hours after our report

The FOX 8 Defenders exposed an eyesore in Plaquemines Parish and got results within hours. Shelley Brown has the update on the project to clean up the right-of-way along the only railroad on the west bank of Plaquemines.

In November, we showed you the mess of old railroad ties that littered the railroad's right-of-way for months. Hours after we exposed the problem, viewers snapped pictures along Highway 23 near Belle Chasse and Jesuit Bend.

Crews from the New Orleans and Gulf Coast railway company were out collecting old ties.

"They started the next day," said homeowner Scott Morse. "It was amazing. So, the story aired - the next day there was a truck out there. I started getting Facebook posts and messages about how excited people were because their backyards were getting cleaned up. It was great."

Fast forward to today, and almost every spot where old railroad ties littered the right-of-way is clean and clear.

"I was very pleased with the status and how they responded to your news article," said Plaquemines Parish Councilman-elect Charlie Burt. "The grass-cutting was an issue. We were going through storm season. You know, we do have an issue with drainage in Jesuit Bend. So my biggest concern was this material getting into the drainage system."

The head of the railroad told us that to ensure the railbed's safety, the company's replaced nearly 7,000 ties, but a bridge project in Jefferson Parish delayed the clean-up efforts. Next year he said they're looking into hiring a contractor to do that work alone.

The railway company said it still has a couple of spots along the railbed to replace about 600 ties. That work should be completed by the end of the year.

If you have a consumer complaint, call the FOX 8 Defenders staffed with volunteers from the National Council of Jewish Women, or fill out our online complaint form at Fox8live.com.

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