State Panel Awards More Than $1.5 Million Dollars For Rails In Lackawanna County

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By Borys Krawczeniuk
for The Times-Tribune

A state panel approved more than $1.5 million in grants Thursday for railroad-related projects in Lackawanna County.

The Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority will receive $630,000 to install 9,000 new ties, costing an estimated $900,000, on its 18 miles of track between its downtown Scranton headquarters and Carbondale. The Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad, the authority’s railroad operator, will get $690,900 to repair a bridge over the Lehigh River between Lackawanna and Wayne counties. That project will cost an estimated $987,000.

Kane Warehousing Inc. will get $227,500 for an already built 1,000-foot track spur and turnout costing $325,000.

Each grant represents 70 percent of a project’s total cost. The authority and the Delaware-Lackawanna will split the local share of their projects.

The state Transportation Commission approved $36 million for 31 projeccts across the state at its quarterly meeting Thursday.

Authority Executive Director Larry Malski said ties on the Scranton-Carbondale track regularly need replacing because of heavy use by Linde Enterprises in Fell Twp., Brojack Lumber and Simona America in Archbald, and Steamtown National Historic Site excursions. The authority last replaced ties on the line seven years ago, he said.

Alex Stark, a Kane Warehousing spokesman, said the project added a second spur to help the company handle a quadrupling of business from a major California liquor manufacturer whose Northeast sales keep growing. He declined to name the manufacturer, but said only some of its product goes to state liquor stores.

State Panel Awards More Than $1.5 Million Dollars For Rails In Lackawanna County

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