WisDOT announces $8 million in grants to improve freight railways

Wisdot Announces $8 Million In Grants To Improve Freight Railways

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MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will give nearly $8 million to companies around the state to improve Wisconsin’s freight railways.

WisDOT announced the move on Monday. The state will give a Freight Railroad Preservation Program grant and Freight Railroad Infrastructure Improvement Program loans to five projects, including one near Boscobel.

“The movement of products and commodities is the lifeblood of our economy,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said. “Strategic investments that improve connectivity and efficiency of freight rail have a big impact on urban and rural communities all across the state.”

Among the projects receiving state funding is an effort by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad Company to replace an old timber trestle structure on the Prairie Subdivision near Boscobel. The state is giving over $1.5 million in a loan and grant to replace the timber trestle with one made of steel and concrete.

The improvements will also accommodate a trail that can be used by pedestrians and bicyclists in the area. The grant and loan will also fund work to lengthen the rail spur in the area.

Railroad projects in Kewaunee, Chippewa, Brown and Milwaukee counties also received state funding.