Thursday, December 14, 2017

SIAP awards nearly $6 million to North Carolina rail projects

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Twelve North Carolina freight projects have received nearly $6 million in funding through the Short Line Infrastructure Assistance Program (SIAP), the North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced.



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 railroad's needs and the impact of the proposed improvement.

The awarded projects include the following:


R.J. 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