ORDC Wants to Help Rebuild ex-B&O Line

The Ohio Rail Development Commission has proposed helping an Ohio town build 30 miles of rail line that it owns.

The line extends from Greenfield, which owns the track, to Midland City and runs through Highland and Clinton counties. It is operated by the Indiana & Ohio.

The project would involve replacement of 20,000 ties, installation and tamping of ballast and replacement of grade crossing surfaces. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2021.

Some work would occur in a special flood hazard area of the East Fork Little Miami River in New Vienna.

However, ORDC expects the effect on the floodplain to be minor and result in no increase in local flood levels.

A final floodplain analysis will be made available on the ORDC website.

ORDC said in a news release that the project would ensure safe and efficient operation of trains over the line.

The Greenfield line is former Baltimore & Ohio trackage that was once part of the railroad’s route between Cincinnati and Washington.

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