Wednesday, July 24, 2024

NCDOT grants Wilmington RR $500K

Wilmington Terminal Railroad received more than $500,000 from NCDOT for track upgrades. (Port City Daily photo/file)

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Terminal Railroad got a boost in funding from the state for track upgrades.

North Carolina Department of Transportation distributed $12 million in grants to short-line railroads for infrastructure improvements.

In New Hanover County, the Wilmington railroad will see repairs along its main line and in the Wilmington yard with its awarded $574,914.

The matching grants come from the NCDOT’s Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program — established in 2013 — which supports rail infrastructure health, safety and performance throughout the state.

Awarded funds are matched with railroad investments to contribute approximately $24 million in improvements statewide. Combined, the projects support 52 railroad bridges and nearly 123 miles of track.

Wilmington’s grant was one of 13 handed out this week.

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