Funding for two area
bridge projects is now in place, according to state Sen. James Seward,
R-Milford, local newspapers report. Work is expected to begin shortly on both
the Pony Farm Road Bridge in Oneonta, N.Y., and the Brooker Hollow Road Bridge
in East Worcester, N.Y., Seward said in a media release. The projects each have an
estimated cost of about $600,000.
Canadian National Railway
is inching closer to transporting jet fuel from Flat Rock, Mich., to Toronto, according
to local newspapers.
On June 22, the city's Planning Commission approved the
company's plan to open a jet fuel transfer station at its rail yard on the
north side of Vreeland Road, just east of Peters Road.
Company officials are
working on obtaining permits from the Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Patrick Waldron,
Canadian National spokesman.
Squabbling in Congress
over how to pay for transportation could mean no federal cash in the near
future to fix Chicago's freight train bottleneck, a top official warned, the
Daily Herald reports. At a forum on freight
rail, representatives from the U.S. and Canadian governments and the business
community emphasized that trains are cheaper and more fuel-efficient than
trucks to move goods. Transport Canada official Kristine Burr said the public
and private sectors were investing $2 billion in freight rail projects there.
An announcement will be
made August 13 as to whether a deal has been inked between Huron Central Rail
and its stakeholders to keep the rail line operational for at least another
year, the Sault Star reports. Meetings have been taking place throughout the
week with those stakeholders, including large users Essar Steel Algoma and
Domtar, the provincial and federal governments, municipalities, and the rail
Joe Fratesi, the city's
CAO, who chairs a committee to broker a deal between Huron Central Railway and
the interested parties, said he's "encouraged" by the continuing
"This all needs to
be pulled together by the end of the day Thursday," Fratesi said.
"Huron Central Rail has made it clear that there will be no extension of
the deadline that has been set and unless a deal is reached that it's
comfortable with and concludes before the 15th, all things set in motion to
stop the line will continue."
Mayor John Rowswell said
the federal government has sweetened the pot with an offer to consider "at
great speed," a $1.5-million application to FedNor to contributed to a
short-term fix for the Sault-to-Sudbury line.
MPP David Orazietti said
earlier this week the province would be "supportive of considering
short-term financing," for the ailing railway to the tune of "several
"Now, it's a matter
of city council saving the day," said Rowswell.
The mayor said council
will be asked tonight to temporarily "backstop," a total of $3
million in pending federal and provincial funds, so that work on the railroad
can begin "now, this summer, this fall."
Council has called a
special meeting for 4:30 p. m.
implications for many communities if the railway shuts down, but (there are)
more immediate and larger ones for Sault Ste. Marie and its industries,"
Rowswell said saving the
rail line is crucial to the city's future, including the its ambition to turn
itself into a multi-modal transportation hub.