Blair on track to receive $3.5M for rail projects

Blair County is on tap to get nearly $3.5 million in state grant funds to improve railroad tracks as part of four projects.

A project in Cambria and Clearfield counties is in line for $2.8 million, while Centre County is to receive $250,000.

Twenty-seven rail projects statewide are to receive funding, it was announced Monday.

The Blair County projects are:

— Curry Rail Services — $700,000 to expand and rehabilitate yard tracks at its facility to increase capacity and support the new business line.

— Millennium Rail LLC — $693,357 to rehabilitate yard tracks at the Hollidaysburg Tank Car Shop by replacing ties, turnouts and ballast to increase the yard’s capacity and efficiency.

— Mineral Manufacturing Corp. — $700,000 to construct an unloading pit, acquire unloading equipment and rehabilitate nearly 1 mile of yard tracks.

— D Holdings — $1.4 million to rehabilitate yard tracks at the Hollidaysburg Transload Facility and construct a new siding to serve existing annd future businesses.

RJ Corman is to receive $2.8 million to rehabilitate approximately 56 miles of track on the WBV subdivision, including the replacement of ties and bridge timbers and surfacing track in Cambria and Clearfield counties.

In Centre County, Happy Valley Blended Products is approved for $250,000 to construct an unloading pit and acquire unloading equipment to increase rail service at the facility.

“Railroads have always been an integral part of the history and growth of the surrounding area,” state Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, said. “Investing in our rail infrastructure not only honors our past heritage but also benefits our existing industries by allowing increased efficiency and creating opportunities for expansion in the future.”

“These expansion projects are important not only for the economy in Blair County, but also throughout the nation,” state Rep. James Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg, said. “Senator Ward and I recently visited some of these facilities to learn about their work with domestic materials. These industry leaders are poised to grow, and I’m proud to support that growth.”

The grants were awarded through the Rail Trans­portation Assistance Pro­gram and the Rail Freight Assistance Program, both of which are administered by PennDOT.