Work continues on NYS&W service restoration in New York

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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The Rail Revitalization Project begun by the Chenango County Industrial 
Development Agency (CCIDA) in 2011 will mark a major milestone March 23, when 
Frontier Railroad Services, LLC, begins removing brush and other 
obstacles along the 45.5 miles of New York Susquehanna and Western (NYS&W) rail right-of-way in
 Chenango County, N.Y.


This will allow access to damaged sections of track that are scheduled to be 
repaired during the 2016 construction season. Starting in the Sherburne area and working their way
 south, workers will fill washouts, resurface bridge decks and make other repairs. The final phase of 
the project will involve the replacement of several thousand crossties and the reactivation of 
crossing signals. Once complete, the project will allow restoration of NYS&W service between
 Binghamton and Utica and provide freight customers with access to both Norfolk Southern and 
CSX lines.

NYS&W’s Utica mainline was taken out of service after flooding in 2006 rendered the track
 unusable. In 2011, CCIDA was awarded New York State Department of Transportation funding in the 
amount of $772,000 towards the required repairs. That funding leveraged an additional $4.7-million
 from the federal Economic Development Administration. NYS&W, Chenango County, Development
 Chenango Corporation and CCIDA are supplying a total of more than $400,000 to complete the non federal

Construction is expected to continue through June 2017.

Categories: Ballast, Ties, Rail, C&S, ON Track Maintenance, Shortline/Regional