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Tuesday, January 29, 2013    

Wisconsin provides grants for two freight-rail projects

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently announced that the city of Fond du Lac is being awarded a $600,000 Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to help fund improvements to a rail line serving a McNeilus Steel facility.

The project calls for building a 2,360-foot track and 1,570-foot rail spur to off-load materials at the steel company's new and existing facilities. Construction is expected to begin in May and be completed by September 2013.

The TEA grant will cover about half of the project's $1,273,076 cost, with the remainder to be funded by the city and McNeilus Steel. In spring, McNeilus Steel expects to complete a $20 million warehouse addition to its steel distribution and processing facility.

Walker also announced that the town of Hubbard is being awarded a $272,439 TEA grant from WisDOT to help fund the construction of a rail spur to serve a Menard's manufacturing facility. The 1,100-foot spur is expected to be completed by March.

The grant will cover half of the project's $544,878 cost, with the remainder to be provided by Menard's, which is spending more than $11.5 million to add a manufacturing and distribution center to its Hubbard facility.

Since it was created in 1987, the TEA grant program has provided more than $88.6 million for 323 transportation projects in Wisconsin.

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