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7/22/2002



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Pennsylvania provides trackwork grants to small roads, shippers


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) July 19 announced it awarded more than $3 million in grants to regionals, short lines and shippers for various maintenance-of-way projects.


Part of PENNDOT's Rail Freight Assistance Program, the grants would enable the recipients to construct, maintain, repair and rehabilitate rail lines, sidings and grade crossings.


The grants include:


• $123,750 to Gettysburg & Northern Railroad Co. to replace 3,000 ties and upgrade existing track to Class II and 286,000-pound weight-limit standards;

• $250,000 to Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. to install ties on its Pittsburgh subdivision;

• $234,375 to Bethlehem Steel Corp. to replace turnouts and rail, and renew a crossing;

• $189,105 to Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad Co. to renew ties, turnouts and rail on its Mountain Laurel subdivision;

• $142,230 to Oil Creek & Titusville Lines Inc. to renew ties and switch ties, replace jointed rail, surface rail and upgrade turnouts;

• $103,125 to Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad Co. to rehabilitate track and rebuild turnouts;

• $250,000 to Locust Valley Coal Co. to rehabilitate five track miles, enabling a new Skytop Intermodal facility to receive bulk commodities, such as coal and architectural stone; and

• $244,860 to York Railway Co. to replace bridge timbers, repair a bridge's foundation, and replace ties and switch ties on its mainline.


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