WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFXR) – On Monday, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced federal funding totaling $13,670,000 through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FY20 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grants Program to install over 70 miles of rail and other infrastructure upgrades for the Buckingham Branch Railroad North Mountain Subdivision line between Clifton Forge and Charlottesville.
Funds from the program benefit projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail.
For this project, funds will benefit the upgrading of 70 miles of rail along with associated ballast, upgrades to 14 grade crossings and five bridges, constructing new drain systems in the Afton tunnel liner to reduce ice buildup, and improving clearances in two additional tunnels on Class III Buckingham Branch Railroad’s rail line.
“We are pleased to announce these federal funds to make much-needed improvements on the rails and bridges that will improve efficiency and reliability for this rail system. These improvements will also help local industries transport their freight and bolster economic development opportunities in the region.”Senators Mark Warner & Tim Kaine
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