Sep 18 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and Representatives Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Dan Bishop (R-NC) announced that they secured a $13.1 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant award from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to transform the Class III Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railway (ACWR) located in southcentral North Carolina.

The project will rehabilitate three bridges, construct two new sidings, install approximately 83,500 new crossties, replace rail along approximately six miles of track, and construct two new storage and two new switching yards. Read more about the grant award HERE.

“The Aberdeen, Carolina, and Western Railway is critical to transporting goods across southcentral North Carolina, and I have been working with my colleagues to secure this funding to make much-needed upgrades to ensure its long-term viability,” said Senator Tillis. “I am proud to join Senator Burr and Reps. Hudson and Bishop to announce this grant on behalf of the people of central North Carolina, and I want to thank Secretary Chao and President Trump for continuing to prioritize improving infrastructure across North Carolina and the country.”

“North Carolina’s rail system plays a critical role in the strong economy of the state,” said Senator Burr.“This grant will serve the freight rail needs of numerous cities and towns and attract new business to the South Central region of the state. I am grateful to Secretary Chao for recognizing the significance of this investment to North Carolina’s economic development.”

“The Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway is a lifeline throughout our entire region, critical to transporting goods and supporting jobs across the 8th District,” said Representative Hudson. “I was proud to work with my colleagues to help secure this grant and appreciate the Trump administration’s commitment to infrastructure in our state. I will continue to work with partners at all levels to improve our infrastructure and rebuild our economy.”

“Whether or not they realize, nearly all North Carolinians rely on our critical railway systems. This $13 million grant will ensure my constituents in the Ninth District continue to have reliable ways to transport goods,” said Representative Bishop. “I am grateful for the support of my colleagues in the House and Senate in achieving this monumental grant to ensure the economic viability of my district and all of southcentral North Carolina.” 

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