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Plymouth train derailment cleanup will last into the summer

The timeline has been revealed by the city, with the size of the derailment causing complications.
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Residents in the vicinity of Sunday's freight train derailment in Plymouth are in for a nightmare few months.

The City of Plymouth has been in touch with Canadian Pacific about the derailment, which saw 22 cars leave the tracks at Northwest Boulevard near Schmidt Lake Road, and has been informed that the cleanup "is expected to extend into the summer."

That's due to the "size and scope of the derailed train cars and equipment at the site," which in turn is going to cause "ongoing disruption and noise for surrounding neighbors."

Among the disruption is the closure of Pineview Lane north and south of the tracks to all traffic except residents who need to access their homes. This is because Canadian Pacific needs to operate heavy machinery to clean up the site.

The railroad company will also construct a temporary road from Pineview Lane along the north side of the tracks beginning Wednesday, which will be used to remove the derailed train cars while allowing freight trains to continue to pass through the area on the rebuilt tracks.

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The picture above shows that the derailed cars have been moved to the side of the tracks to allow other trains through.

"Residents should expect to continue hearing a significant amount of noise from construction activities and frequent train horn sounds throughout the spring and summer," the city said.

Normally, Plymouth is considered a "quiet zone" under normal conditions, train engineers will now have to "frequently sound the train horns" when entering the area to ensure the safety of those cleaning up the site.

Many of the tankers that derailed contained molten sulfur, which has subsequently cooled and solidified. No leaks have been found, but CP has an extensive air quality, soil, and water testing operation at the site.

Here's some video of the crash site taken by MNRails Productions.

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