The Maryland Transit Administration said that the rehabilitation of 17.5 miles of the State-owned freight rail line from Massey to Worton in Kent County is under way. The $1.5-million project, awarded to Bullock Construction of Easton, Md., began in mid-September and is scheduled for completion in early May, 2010. As of the end of November 40 percent of the work is complete. The project includes the replacement of some rail, more than 6,000 railroad ties and the installment of new ballast. The improvements will improve safety along the line and will reduce the level of maintenance needed.
The line is leased by the State of Maryland to the Maryland &
Delaware Railroad, which carries lumber, soy meal, corn, wheat and
barley and dry fertilizer supporting the poultry industry on the
Eastern Shore. Major customers include Crop Production Services,
Genovique, Perdue, Southern States and Willards.