State Grant Supports Local Rail Project

HARRISBURG – A $1.8 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will support a rail project in Washington and Westmoreland counties, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

The grant will help finance the replacement of 14 miles of deteriorated jointed rail with continuous welded rail along the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway. The project would further extend the life of the rail, preserve service to existing customers, reduce fuel consumption and ease in the transportation of a variety of goods along the rail system, including coal and minerals, food, lumber, bulk chemicals, metals, petroleum products, paper and other products.

Construction on the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The grant was awarded as part of PennDOT’s Rail Transportation Assistance Program. More information on the program is available here.

CONTACT: Will Thomeier (724) 746-3762

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