Friday, February 4, 2022

Infrastructure Funding to Improve transportation & Environment:
Area railroads to receive
nearly $10 million in state funds

SEVERAL SHORT-LINE AND REGIONAL RAILROADS in the GLOW region are among the recipients of more than $76.4 million in state infrastructure funding. The funding was announced Thursday by Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office. The investments were described as essential for maintaining and enhancing market access for manufacturing and agricultural businesses statewide.

The projects include:

■ A total of $4.947 million to the Rochester & Southern Railroad to enhance safety and service reliability. The work will include the repair of 21 bridges on the railroad’s mainline; the replacement of more than three miles of track; and rehabilitation of the Brooks Avenue Yard in Rochester. The R&S stretches from Rochester to Silver Springs. It includes trackage in Genesee, Livingston, Wyoming and Monroe counties.
■ A total of $2.263 million to the town of Batavia to help fund the construction of a new trackage from the CSX-controlled siding near the city. The improvements are meant to enhance the shipping and receiving recyclable materials of all categories, along with other commodities from future customers.
■ A total of 1.224 million to the Arcade & Attica Railroad Corporation toward safety and service reliability enhancements, including replacement of rail, ties, and ballast, along a two-mile section of the line.
■ $448,000 to the Depew Lancaster & Western Railroad Company toward DLWR will fund construction of a new bulk transload track and rail site access improvements.
■ A total of $985,000 to the Falls Road Railroad Company toward safety and service reliability enhancements, including the replacement of the rail bridge deck over the Erie Canal and ties along the mainline. The Falls Road Railroad includes trackage in Niagara and Orleans counties. 
■ A total of $448,000 to the Depew Lancaster & Western Railroad Company in Batavia. The work will include construction of a new bulk transload track and rail site access improvements.
By MATT SURTEL, msurtel@batavianews.com

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