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Millions approved for rail improvements in Western Pennsylvania

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

The Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. will receive $1.9 million in state money to rehabilitate its 36th Street bridge, increasing its weight capacity and reducing a curve on the bridge, the governor's office announced.

It was among 39 rail freight projects the State Transportation Commission approved for funding on Thursday. Also receiving funding were:

• Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co., $3.2 million to install 14.5 miles of continuous welded rail on the Pittsburgh Subdivision.

• Buffalo Pittsburgh Railroad Inc., $2 million of work between Kittanning and New Castle for restoration of the Chewton siding, providing 9,000 feet of additional siding capacity, restoring the Mosgrove West siding, providing 2,400 feet of additional siding capacity and completing other rail and switch work.

• U.S. Steel Corp., $1.9 million to construct a rail siding at the Clairton Yard, install track panels and four turnouts in Clairton Works, install track panels and three turnouts at the Edgar Thomson Works and install cross ties, track panels and two prefabricated turnouts at the Irvin Works.

• The Pittsburgh Ohio Central Railroad, $713,020 to realign track, construct 4,460 feet of track, construct a turnout to connect track and build a second long track in the Scully Yard in Crafton.

• Union Railroad, $701,960 to repair the approaches on the north and south portals to the railroad's North Bessemer Tunnel.

The money comes from a capital budget grant program funded with bonds. Another round of money from the state's transportation law will go to:

• Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad, $489,636 to replace a turnout, cross ties and 8,960 feet of rail and make other track improvements.

• Tube City IMS, $472,500 to replace 12 turnouts, 2,673 feet of mainline track and repair a rail scale.

• Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co., $700,000 to install 60,800 feet of continuous welded rail as well as install 10,000 cross ties and four turnouts.

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