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Brightline will test its trains at speeds of up to 79 mph Sunday through July 29 through Brevard County. It will affect crossings in Rockledge and Melbourne.

Brightline’s construction team will continue to work on its Orlando extension, increasing maximum speeds to 79 mph in Brevard County to integrate a new second railroad track into the corridor. The work, known as a signal and track cutover, will affect the seven railroad crossings.

Trains will operate at speeds of up to 79 miles per hour to perform the necessary testing. Both drivers and pedestrians should be aware that once the second track is commissioned trains could continue to operate at higher speeds and rail traffic could run on one or both tracks in either direction at any time. Flaggers will be present at the affected crossings from 6 a.m., Sunday through 6 p.m. Friday, July 29 while the new systems are commissioned. Work could result in additional wait times.

Brightline is reminding the public, pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to make safe choices around trains and crossings, obey all traffic laws around crossings, never stop on the tracks and don’t drive around crossing gates.

Remain alert and aware when near railroad tracks and only cross the tracks at a railroad crossing. The safety message is simple: look, listen, live.

Crossings affected in Rockledge include Barnes Boulevard, Carver Street, Ansin Road and Viera Boulevard. In Melbourne, the affected crossings are Suntree Boulevard and Post Road.