Grant Used to Expand INRD Indianapolis Yard

The Indiana Rail Road is using a $300,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation to expand its Senate Avenue Terminal in Indianapolis.

The improvement project, which will cost $1.5 million, includes the installation of two 125-foot light towers and the extension of several yard tracks by 3,249 feet or the equivalent of 59 cars of capacity.

Workers will also install a new drainage system in the rail-truck transload lot, which currently has no drainage system. That results in flooding during heavy rain and creates operational and safety issues through damage to wooden ties and rail.

The high-efficiency LED lights will be placed at the north and south ends of the loading/unloading pad will allow for 24-hour operation. The railroad is looking at adding a second shift.

Railroad officials said the lights will also increase safety and security for the entire yard, which is worked 24 hours a day.

Carload growth is putting pressure on INRD’s infrastructure and the freight yard track extension will provide additional capacity and flexibility for switching and storing products in cars weighing up to the industry-maximum 286,000 pounds.

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