Gordner and Phillips Announce Transportation Funding

Northumberland County Project will increase rail service, create jobs 

(HARRISBURG) – – Susquehanna Rail Works of Herndon will receive $346,500 under the Commonwealth’s Rail Freight Program as part of a project to construct a rail terminal and warehouse in Lower Augusta Township, Northumberland County, according to State Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27) and State Rep. Merle H. Phillips (R-108).

The legislators worked to include the project in the state’s 2006 Capital Budget, and then advocated for the project with the Department of Transportation.  The new facility will be built off of the Norfolk Southern mainline that parallels Route 147.

“Susquehanna Rail Works will construct a bulk transfer facility for agricultural and energy products which will provide much needed rail service for these products throughout our area” said Senator Gordner.  “This is an exciting economic development project, with future growth planned for the transport of more goods.”

“In addition to the economic development potential, this project will have added benefits for the safety of our area and for the environment,” said Rep. Phillips.  “Susquehanna Rail Works expects at least 1,000 rail cars entering and leaving the facility annually, resulting in the reduction of at least 2,500 tractor trailer loads from our rural highways.”

The completed project will maintain 16 jobs and help create 16 new jobs.

Susquehanna Rail Works was one of 22 Capital Rail Projects approved by the Department of Transportation.  $20 million in funding was released by the Department.

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Todd B. Roup (717) 787-8928
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