Sen. Jim Brewster, Rep. Bill Kortz announce state grant for track rehabilitation in West Mifflin plant yard

HARRISBURG, April 3 – State Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, and state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, today announced a $700,000 state grant to rehabilitate about one mile of track at the Tube City IMS, LLC, plant yard in West Mifflin.

The money comes from the Rail Freight Assistance Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

“The release of funds for this vital project to improve Tube City IMS, LLC, will not only increase efficiency of operations but also grow economic development in the area,” Brewster said. “Steel mills built the foundation of many of our communities and I am proud to have Tube City, IMS, LLC, in my district working daily to support and enhance manufacturing operations of their steel making partners.”

Kortz added: “I’d like to congratulate Tube City IMS, LLC, on securing this state grant. This is a company that leads in on-site, industrial steel mill services for steelmakers around the world. Not to mention, their services lessen steelmakers’ environmental impacts and contribute to a cleaner environment for all, including those in the 38th Legislative District.”

The rehabilitation of roughly one mile of track in the West Mifflin plant yard is part of a four-pronged project, including the replacement of turnouts and ties, track surfacing, and track realignment to increase efficiency of yard operations.

The Rail Freight Assistance Program provides financial assistance for investment in rail freight infrastructure. The intent of the program is to preserve essential rail freight service where economically feasible and preserve or stimulate economic development through the generation of new or expanded rail freight service.