The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently awarded a $2.4 million Rail Line Relocation program grant to Lycoming County, Pa., to build a new rail bridge spanning Loyalsock Creek in Loyalsock Township and Montoursville Borough.
The existing Lycoming Valley Railroad (LVRR) bridge was severely damaged by flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. The bridge handles all traffic to and from LVRR's hub in Williamsport. Because of the damage, the railroad has used a circuitous route to serve 30 customers, according to the FRA.
The new bridge will accommodate heavier train loads and enable LVRR to handle additional business from the emerging Marcellus Shale natural gas industry, FRA officials said in a news brief.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided a $4.7 million grant and Federal Highway Administration has committed $862,612 for the project. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is contributing $3.5 million and SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) is providing $1.3 million. Lycoming County is one of eight members of the JRA, an eight-county municipal authority that owns 200 miles of track in central Pennsylvania.
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