Pennsylvania OKs $36M for Rail Projects

Pennsylvania’s state transportation commission has approved $36 million in grants for 31 rail projects over the next five years.

PennsylvaniaFunding will be provided for 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and 16 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program.

The projects include:

• $5 million for the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern to construct a new bridge and track across the Lehigh River.

• $3.6 million for Buffalo & Pittsburg  to rebuild Butler Yard and its tracks, restore a crossover connection and repair eight bridges on its northern subdivision.

• $3 million for CSX to construct new main lead track, crossovers, turnouts and derails to allow intermodal trains to pull off the McKees Rocks mainline to serve the Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminal.

• $3.5 million for the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority to upgrade five bridges and replace another.

• $3.4 million for the Union Railroad to repair and rehabilitate the East Pittsburgh viaduct, including concrete repairs, structure drainage corrections and a 1,600-foot passing siding, as well as a new walkway and handrails.

• $2 million for the Steelton & Highspire to construct and rehabilitate 13,026 track feet and 22 turnouts serving the Durabond pipe plant, Chemtron weld plant and Arcelor-Mittal’s interchange loading area, and connect track to Norfolk Southern Railway’s interchange and Steelton & Highspire Railroad’s main yard.

• $1.2 million for the Wheeling & Lake Erie to install 20 track miles of continuous welded rail on its Pittsburgh subdivision.

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