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Hickory Metro Railroads To Receive Funding

Hickory Metro Railroads To Receive Funding

Railroads in the Hickory Metro will be receiving funding for improvements and upgrades. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) the North Carolina Ports Authority and 13 short line railroads will be improving their rail infrastructure thanks to approximately $10.9 million in matching grant funds. The money is being awarded as part of NCDOT’s Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement program (FRRCSI).

FRRCSI supports rail infrastructure health, safety and performance throughout the state, enabling NCDOT to partner with rail companies on improvement projects to effectively move freight. This partnership helps railroads efficiently meet customer needs in cost-effective ways while preparing them for growing service demands and partnerships with new businesses and industries.

The awarded grants are matched with railroad investments to contribute more than $21.7 million in rail infrastructure improvements statewide. Together, these projects will upgrade more than 12 miles of railroad track and 35 bridges in North Carolina.

Alexander Railroad Company which serves Alexander and Iredell Counties will be receiving $218,660 for mainline crosstie upgrades and other track improvements. Caldwell County Railroad, which serves Catawba, Burke, and Caldwell Counties will receive $73,125 for track alignment improvements, and track and crosstie upgrades.

The Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program was established in 2013 by the North Carolina General Assembly.