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Pennsylvania to provide more than $8 million for small-road infrastructure projects

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation — which has been a big financial supporter of the state’s small roads — is granting more than $8 million to help six regionals and short lines fund infrastructure improvements.

The department will grant:
• $1.7 million to Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad Inc. to rehabilitate a mainline and branch line;
• $1.7 million to Delaware & Hudson Railway Co. Inc. to construct a passing siding, reconnect a branch line and reconstruct a yard;
• $1.6 million to Allegheny & Eastern Railroad Inc. to rehabilitate a mainline to move an additional 3,500 cars of petroleum coke annually from United Refining;
• $1.5 million to Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad L.L.C. to improve infrastructure to accommodate 286,000-pound rail cars on unit coal trains;
• $882,950 to R.J. Corman Railroad Inc.’s Pennsylvania Lines to rehabilitate track to eliminate slow orders and derailments; and
• $280,000 to the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. to rehabilitate a siding for a new interchange with the Allegheny Valley Railroad.

In addition, the state agency will grant $1 million to United States Steel Corp. to rehabilitate tracks at several steel mills.

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