USD 248 million for rail improvements in the U.S.

U.S. Department of Transport has announced the winners of the USD 248.5 million in grant funds under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) programme.

The funding will support 32 projects in 27 states and will be administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Under the CRISI programme, 15 rural projects required at least USD 63.7 million and up to USD 127.7 million was awarded, while 17 remaining projects received USD 120.8 million.

The largest funding, of USD 27 million, has been awarded to a rural freight project in Kansas and Oklahoma. The project envisages the track upgrades, rail replacement, turnouts, repair bridges, and grade crossings on the South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (SKOL) Tulsa, Moline, and Neodesha subdivisions.

The Muskego Yard Bypass project in Wisconsin is ranked the second with a USD 26.6 million funding. The project reconfigures the existing Canadian Pacific Railway rail and yard facilities south of the Milwaukee Intermodal Station to double-track the CP’s mainline through the Muskego Yard, moving freight traffic out of the Milwaukee Intermodal Station and reducing the number of grade crossings CP freight trains cross in Milwaukee.

The third largest funding, of USD 21.44 million, was awarded to the Merchants Bridge rehabilitation programme. The project comprises the replacement of the main span trusses of the approximately 130-year-old Merchant’s Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River between St. Louis, Missouri, and Venice, Illinois.

Other projects have received funding between USD 10 – 18 million, other ones, between USD 3 – 8 million, while other projects will receive between USD 130 – 700 thousand funding.

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