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The Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad (RCP&E), a Genesee & Wyoming short line in Rapid City, South Dakota, is involved in a project that has just received a $22 million federal grant.
The South Dakota freight capacity expansion project will upgrade 163 miles of the RCP&E main line between Fort Pierre and Rapid City in order to improve freight flows between western South Dakota and Wyoming. The project received the $22 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant, and it also garnered $20 million from South Dakota. RCP&E is also committing $42 million to the project.
Improvements entail replacing nearly 88 miles of rail with 136-pound continuously welded rail, upgrading 121 bridge structures and installing 11 main line turnouts as well as 80,000 crossties, according to G&W.
By upgrading the infrastructure, the Fort Pierre to Rapid City corridor will be able to accommodate 286,000-pound railcars at a minimum of 25 mph. The corridor currently permits 263,000-pound freight cars traveling at 10 mph.
RCP&E spans 700 miles total, with customers in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wyoming. It connects with BNSF, Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific.
“With this federal grant, associated support by the state of South Dakota and our own significant investment, RCP&E will offer West River a highly competitive link to three major railroads on the national freight network,” said Rod Wiseman, RCP&E general manager. “These major track upgrades will support the West River economy, improve the productivity of current customer supply chains and further enhance the attractiveness of western South Dakota for new business investments.”
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is the grant recipient.
Other projects receiving RAISE grants
A number of other projects nationwide that are pertinent to freight rail also received funding. They include:
This article first appeared on www.freightwaves.com
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