2 Mercer projects get state rail funding

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WKBN) — Two Mercer County rail freight projects were among 33 statewide to receive funding from programs managed by PennDOT.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday the projects will help sustain more than 43,000 jobs across the state.

The State Transportation Commission voted to approve $33.4 million for 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (Rail TAP) and 14 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (Rail FAP).

“Pennsylvania has more operating railroads than any other state, and investing in our rail freight network keeps these invaluable assets in prime position to generate economic growth and jobs,’’ Corbett said. “Improving rail networks not only spurs our economy, it also increases safety by helping to ease traffic on our highways.”

The Hodge Foundry, Inc., 42 Leech Road in Greenville, received $524,514 in Rail TAP funds to construct a new 460-foot rail siding on the CN/Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Co. main line.

Also, the State Transportation Commission approved $1.3 million for four projects from Marcellus shale impact fees designated for distribution through PennDOT’s Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways.

Yourga Trucking Inc. of Wheatland received $250,000 from these impact fees to install a new asphalt turnout, 700 feet of embedded track and a bumping post for the end of the track.

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