Brooks Announces $683,000 in State Funding to Rehab Railroad Track

HARRISBURG – The Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad will receive $682,512 in state funding for its Kerrtown Lead improvement project, according to Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50).

“This funding from the rail freight grant program will be a tremendous help in ensuring our critical rail spur will be capable of continuing to serve one of Crawford County’s major employers and industries,” Brooks said. “I’m glad I was able to play a role in securing the grant that will enable Post Holdings Inc. to continue to provide jobs for the community and food for our beloved pets.”

Rehabilitation will include the replacement of approximately half a mile of lite rail that is more than a century old with modern rail; installation of a new timber deck on the 300-foot bridge across French Creek; replacement of 714 wooden cross ties; reconstruction of three grade crossing highway surfaces at Hope, Shippen and Mercer streets; and improvement of drainage conditions around Mercer Street to remove ponding storm waters.

The railroad will provide a match of $292,505 for a total project cost of $975,017.


CONTACT: Adam Gingrich, 717-787-1322

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