R.J. Corman Railroad Co. was awarded a Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant by the U.S. DOT that will benefit the company’s Central Kentucky Lines.
R.J. Corman will receive just over $7.3 million in funds, and will contribute just about $5 million as the matching portion for the CRISI grant award. In conjunction with the CRISI grant, R.J. Corman is committed to several other significant investments that will bring this three-fold plan to life, which includes:
* A new three-track freight rail-to-truck transload yard will be constructed southeast of Frankfort, Ky., connecting to the R.J. Corman Central Kentucky Lines (RJCC);
* The mainline between Frankfort and Lexington, Ky., will be rehabilitated by replacing ties, surfacing the track, and converting segments of bolted rail to continuous welded rail. Several mainline switches also will be replaced, and three will be automated; and
* The RJCC’s main yard and transload facility in downtown Lexington will be improved by replacing switches, rehabilitating grade crossing surfaces, rehabilitating track, replacing and improving buildings, expanding bulk material transload storage pads, replacing a truck weigh scale, and paving the truck transload and traffic areas.
“The Bluegrass Multimodal Freight Improvement Project is a multifaceted effort that will transform our operations and service to our key business partners in the area,” said Ed Quinn, president and CEO of R.J. Corman Railroad Group. “We are excited about the significant improvement and development these funds will bring to our company and the community.”