Three More Stimulus-Funded Rail Projects Get a “Go”
(Columbus) – Enhancing and improving freight rail service to Ohio businesses and retaining and creating jobs in Central, Southern and Northeast Ohio is the goal of the latest three federal stimulus projects given the go-ahead by the Ohio Rail Development Commission. The projects are all funded under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
They have all been given a notice to proceed by the ORDC and include:
- City of Jackson-Owned Railroad Line ($2,000,000): for track improvements including replacement of rails and ties, heavier ballast. Project will preserve 500 jobs in nine existing firms and 30 jobs at a new business.
- West Central Ohio Port Authority ($1,000,000): improvements to bridges and track along Springfield to Washington Courthouse line. Project will improve service to 10 businesses and grain elevators employing 350-people.
- Wheeling & Lake Erie RR Akron-Canton Line ($1,200,000): track improvements to three different W&LE rail lines serving a variety of industries and shippers, including a steel plant. An estimated 33 new jobs can be developed under the Federal Highway Administration formula 27,800 jobs created by each $1-billion in stimulus investment.
The City of Jackson and West Central Ohio Port Authority have both been authorized to advertise for bids on the construction work. The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad will provide its own labor force on its rail line rehab project.
If you would like copies of the project briefings, please call or e-mail Stu Nicholson at the ORDC at 614-644-0513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(The Ohio Rail Development Commission is an independent agency operating within the Ohio Department of Transportation. ORDC is responsible for economic development through the improvement and expansion of passenger and freight rail services and railroad grade crossing safety. For more information about what ORDC does for Ohio, visit our website at: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Rail )