Freight rail improvements coming to Southwestern Pennsylvania

Engines haul freight over 5,000 miles of rails in Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday several rail projects in the southwestern part of the state.

Of 27 statewide, local projects totaling more than $5.65 million include:

  • $1.9 million to rehabilitate approximately 34 miles of track on the W&P subdivision by raising, lining and resurfacing track in Washington and Allegheny counties.
  • $1.5 million to rehabilitate and improve approximately 2.6 miles of track on the FM&P subdivision by installing continuous welded rail and realigning and surfacing track in Fayette County.
  • $1.5 million to improve the Radebaugh subdivision, including rehabilitating approximately a half-mile of track and two turnouts and constructing two sidings in Fayette and Westmoreland counties through the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp.
  • $551,691 to rehabilitate and extend two yard tracks, construct a retaining wall and purchase unloading equipment to increase rail service through Greene Spur LLC.
  • $250,000 to Noble Environmental, Westmoreland County, to construct a side track to its facility enabling rail service.