Matzie: $700,000 awarded to rehabilitate Beaver County freight rail track

Additional grant money will fund track upgrades in Allegheny County

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 12 – A $700,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation will fund the rehabilitation of freight rail track in Beaver County, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said that the grant, awarded to Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminals Inc., will improve about one mile of track to bolster operations and generate area jobs.

“Successful commerce is all about the smooth, seamless flow of goods,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding allows us to improve rail track in critical areas so that freight will move more efficiently, boosting production capacity for our entire region. In addition, this project is going to create area jobs for workers. It’s a win-win all around.”

Matzie said the project will entail replacement of ties and switch timbers, new ballast, and surfacing.

He added that in addition to the Beaver County track project, the following grants will fund these projects in Allegheny County:
 

  • $399,105 to Pittsburgh & Ohio Central Railroad to replace deteriorated open deck bridge timbers on the McKees Rocks Bridge.
     
  • $700,000 to TMS International to rehabilitate and construct about one-half mile of track and increase storage capacity.
     
  • $689,500 to United States Steel Corporation for track upgrades to accommodate increased rail volume from USS’s new hot rolling mill in Braddock.
     
  • $2.5 million to Allegheny Valley Railroad to repair a bridge located on a route used by three railroads in the Allegheny County region.
     
  • $2 million to ATI Flat Rolled Products Holdings LLC to add about two miles of track to increase rail capacity.
     
  • $457,450 to Union Railroad Company to build about one-third mile of new track and one new turnout on URR’s East Pittsburgh viaduct serving USS’s new hot rolling mill. 

The grants are part of a package of 26 rail-freight projects to maintain and improve roughly 5,600 miles of freight lines statewide.