Amtrak plans to park its passenger train for overnight servicing in a fenced compound that’s been built southeast of downtown Roanoke.

The facility at Williamson Road at Albemarle Avenue has about 900 feet of new track for parking the train and an office building for crew use.

Crews were seen spreading hay outside the perimeter fence this week in what appeared to be finishing touches for the $4.9 million project.

This is the first of two new primary facilities necessary for Amtrak to begin picking up and dropping off people in Roanoke this fall. The service is scheduled to begin in October.

Crews also plan to build a $10.9-million raised waiting and boarding platform near Norfolk Avenue, according to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

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