Grants Awarded for Kentucky Rail Projects

Four grants totaling $1.3 million have been awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to improve multimodal freight transportation through the Kentucky Rail Crossing Improvement Program.

Winning the grants were the Paducah & Louisville Railway, R.J. Corman Railroad Group, Fredonia Valley Railroad and Louisville Metro Government.

Twenty safety projects will be funded by the funding, including the reconstruction of 16 crossings, three signal upgrades and one crossing replacement.

Jointly administered by the Division of Planning and Division of Right of Way and Utilities, the cabinet will fund half of $2.5 million in project costs to maintain and improve grade crossings in Kentucky.

The cabinet also said it is issuing $500,000 in grants to improve public safety at six Kentucky riverports including facilities in Owesboro and Louisville that are served by rail.

In Owesboro, the funding will be used to replace 575 deteriorated crossties and 60 deteriorated switchties to maintain reliability of the port rail loop and rail access by CSX.

In Louisville ,1,900 deteriorated crossties will be replaced. The Louisville port is served by CSX, Norfolk Southern and the P&L.

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