Funding approved for rail project in Mercer, Lawrence

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Rail-freight companies in Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania were approved for funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

In Mercer, Duferco Farrell Corp./NLMK Pennsylvania received $551,177 to rehabilitate and install tracks, turnouts and a grade crossing, and Ellwood Crankshaft & Machine Co. received $262,500 to construct 500 feet of new track and a turnout.

In Lawrence County, Hill Railroad Car Co. received $189,000 to construct two turnouts and 1,200 feet of track.

There are 39 rail-freight improvement projects throughout Pennsylvania that were approved for funding to help sustain 34,000 jobs in the state.

The State Transportation Commission approved $35.9 million for 13 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and 26 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program.

“Transportation is a proven economic driver, and these investments will help these companies maintain and create more jobs,” Gov. Tom Corbett said.

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