Minnesota Department of Transportation – K-Line Rail Improvement Project, $1,469,556 to improve and extend a municipally-owned rail spur. The line connects to an industrial park in the city of Wadena, where last year, tornados caused severe damage to local homes and businesses. Extending the track will enable a local shipper, whose current location forces it to route traffic close to a high school, to relocate its operations to the industrial park.
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department – Arkansas Midland Railroad/Warren Branch, $2,721,435 to rehabilitate and improve 40 miles of track along the Warren Branch of the Arkansas Midland Railroad, a short line railroad located in the Arkansas Delta. The planned improvements will remedy poor track conditions caused by inadequate drainage and heavy freight loads, which have contributed to washouts, broken rails, derailments and slow orders that reduce train speeds.
Springfield, Mo.– West Wye Connection Track, $1,898,444 to relocate an existing "Wye" track (a triangular junction utilized for rail switching and turning) that runs through the center of Springfield to the western side of the city. The project will enable the permanent removal of 23 highway-rail grade crossings, increasing roadway safety in the area while improving railroad operational performance.
Alaska Railroad – Milepost 142 Curve Alignment, $1,141,840 to reduce the curvature of the Alaska Railroad mainline adjacent to the Native Village of Eklutna. The realignment and improvements will increase track speeds, reduce noise and improve operating safety and efficiency. A new access road will also allow vehicles to access trains for inspection and car repair, and provide Eklutna, Inc. tribal members access to their property.
In September, as part of the Rail Line Relocation Grant Program, FRA will issue a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for more than $11.5 million (made available through annual appropriations), with applications due 30 days later. The notice will be published at www.fra.dot.gov and available through the Federal Register later this month.