New York’s North Country Regional Economic Development Council has announced that the Massena Terminal Railroad in St. Lawrence County has signed its contract to move forward with the first stages of its main line track and bridge rehabilitation project.
The project received $1.6 million in funding from the New York Department of Transportation, during the first round of the Regional Council initiative. NYSDOT’s funding program provides money for freight rail capital improvements to preserve and improve service in the state’s major trade and passenger travel corridors.
The project, sponsored by the Massena Terminal Railroad Company, will include improvements along its main line and yard tracks to safely accommodate unit ore trans for the ALCOA West Plant. The enhancements include bridge repairs; rail, ties and ballast installations; and a new switch to improve the line’s connection with CSXT.
“The project will solidify our ability to provide access to the North American rail freight network and allow our customers to remain competitive,” said Chad Mowery, Massena’s assistant general manager, in a written statement.