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[INDOT] Key SW Ind. Railroad Bridge Receives $8.2M TIGER Grant
Start Date: 9/6/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/6/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that a key freight railroad bridge in Greene County was one of 52 projects nationwide receiving a 2013 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant.

 

The highly competitive grant program offers one of the only federal funding possibilities for large, multi-modal projects. Applications for this most recent round of grants totaled $9 billion, far exceeding the $474 million available.

 

“Indiana Congressman Larry Bucshon, Governor Mike Pence and INDOT officials worked tirelessly on behalf of Indiana Rail Road and a number of southern Indiana businesses to secure TIGER V money for the replacement of this key rail bridge, and I thank them for their extraordinary efforts,” said Tom Hoback, Indiana Rail Road president and chief executive officer. “The current bridge is technologically obsolete. We have reduced the amount of weight which can be safely moved over the bridge to extend its life but this is only a stopgap measure. Without the TIGER V grant we and Indiana Southern railroad would have been unable to fund the replacement bridge, and southwest Indiana commerce and economic development would suffer. Kudos to our public officials for stepping to the plate and making possible a public-private partnership that will benefit Hoosiers in southwest Indiana for decades to come.”

 

The $8.2 million grant will help replace a 115-year-old steel truss bridge that carries Indiana Rail Road and Indiana Southern Railroad traffic across the White River north of Elnora. The existing pin-connected Pratt-style bridge was built for the lighter-weight trains of the 19th Century but is insufficient by today’s standards. The estimated $13.75 million replacement bridge will support industry-standard 286,000-pound railcars at speeds up to 40 mph and remove height restrictions, allowing double-stack containers.

 

“This bridge is a key link in the movement of southwest Indiana coal, grain and manufactured goods, as well as military hardware for Naval Support Activity Crane,” said Representative Larry Bucshon. “The new bridge will remove height and weight limitations, creating cost- and service-efficiency opportunities for companies from Indianapolis to Evansville.”

 

Companies that move heavy commodities across the bridge include Grain Processing Corp., a major employer in Washington, Ind.; Duke Energy and Indianapolis Power & Light. In 2012, Berry Plastics, NSA Crane, Duke, GPC and IPL moved a combined 23,000 carloads across the bridge.

 

In addition, the new bridge will create economic development opportunities for southwest Indiana in conjunction with Indiana Rail Road’s Odon Transload Facility, which opened in March 2013 near the new I-69 interchange at State Road 58.

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Will Wingfield, INDOT: 317-233-4675 or wwingfield@indot.in.gov

Eric Powell, Indiana Rail Road: 317-616-3436 or eric.powell@inrd.com


Contact Information:
Name: Will Wingfield
Phone: 317-233-4675
Email: wwingfield@indot.in.gov
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