(SOURCE: New Hampshire.com)
Work to improve a 42-mile
stretch of track between Ossipee and Rollinsford will soon get underway
if the Executive Council gives its blessing.
The project — which
will be paid for by a combination of federal, state and railroad company
funds — will expand the line by 0.7 miles in Ossipee. It involves the
rehabilitation of two railroad crossings at the mill in Somersworth and
realigning the junction on Acton Ridge in Wakefield.
Northcoast Railroad, which owns and operates the line, will be able to
transport more sand, gravel and propane in 286,000-pound rail cars along
the network. Dean Boylan, chief executive officer of Boston Sand &
Gravel, which owns the railroad, has said the upgrades will help reduce
traffic on area roads and expand opportunities near the end of the line
said up to 700,000 pounds of materials in 30 rail cars is shipped three
times a week on the stretch of track. The materials are processed and
shipped south from the 2,400-acre Ossipee Aggregates site to a 21-acre
facility in Rochester or via Pan Am Railways in Dover to Boston Sand
& Gravel’s facility in Boston, Mass.
project will be paid for by $1.4 million in federal funds from the U.S.
Department Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating
Economy Recovery (TIGER) program. NH Northcoast will provide $450,000,
while the state will contribute $150,000 in matching funds.
“This also still has to be approved by New Hampshire’s Executive Council,” DOT spokesman Bill Boynton said.
project was supported by members of the New Hampshire congressional
delegation — U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, as well as U.S.
Reps. Ann Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter.
Northcoast line connects to the national freight rail network via
Boston and is a vital transportation link for the Granite State. These
repairs will complete a multi-year effort to modernize the rail line in
partnership with local communities and the private sector,” Democrat
Shea-Porter wrote in a news release.