Short Line Railroad Grants to Improve Freight Service and Safety Tuesday, December 12, 2017

RALEIGH – Freight service and the safety of rail-highway crossings in North Carolina will soon see improvements as 12 projects receive nearly $6 million in funding through the Short Line Infrastructure Assistance Program (SIAP).

SIAP is a component of the Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program that was established in 2013 by the General Assembly. The North Carolina Railroad Company also contributed and each approved project was funded based on the needs of the railroad, plus the impact of the proposed improvement.

Awarded projects:

RJ Corman Carolina Lines

  • Joint elimination
  • Signal upgrades
  • Bridge upgrade

Port of Morehead City

  • Demolish and repair West lead track
  • Replace switch

Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway

  • Upgrades to four bridges
  • Upgrade switches
  • Rail replacement and upgrade switch
  • Facility improvements

Blue Ridge Southern Railroad

  • Upgrades to five bridges

Piedmont and Northern Railway

  • Construction of transload facility in Belmont

Carolina Coastal Railway

  • Upgrades to seven bridges along NS and BH line
  • Rail replacement, cross ties and surfacing

Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad

  • Rail replacement

Yadkin Valley Railroad

  • Rail replacement
  • Cross tie replacements

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

  • Rail replacement
  • Cross tie replacement
  • Return track to service

Port of Wilmington

  • Rebuild intermodal Track 18
  • Rebuild intermodal Track 1

Atlantic & Western Railway, LP

  • Upgrade four turnouts at Sanford Yard

Alexander Railroad

  • Upgrade of Statesville Yard track and switches

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