JUL-AUG 2018

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RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US ADVERTISE Stella-Jones Corp. Railway Tie Association Wheeler Lumber Nisus Corporation MiTek Industries CROSSTIES • JULY/AUGUST 2018 11 Editor's Note: The following is compiled from media information provided by the companies named within. orfolk Southern (NS) and New York State officials recently dedicated a new steel arch railroad bridge that replaces a bridge identified in the New York State Rail Plan as one of the 10 most significant rail bottlenecks in the state. In 2011, the Regional Economic Development Council's Strategic Plan iden- tified replacement of the bridge among their five-year projects to address barriers to eco- nomic growth. The newly named Genesee Arch Bridge has a 483-foot arch, a total length of 963 feet, and sits 235 feet above the Genesee River. The bridge is surrounded by Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East." The new $75 million bridge expands freight rail capacity and economic opportu- nities for businesses and communities across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. Constructed through a public-private partnership, the single-track arch structure replaced a 19th-century-era bridge that restricted train speeds and rail car weights and had become a transportation bottleneck. "The successful partnership we are here to celebrate demonstrates that big things can be accomplished when the private sec- tor and the public sector work together to achieve common goals," said NS CEO James A. Squires. "The new Genesee Arch Bridge is literally a bridge to the future. It represents our shared commitment to sup- port jobs and economic growth that will benefit businesses and communities across New York for generations to come." NS partnered on the project with the New York State Department of Transportation; the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council; and the Federal Highway Administration. "This beautiful new rail bridge is going to help modernize freight rail service and improve the safety and reliability of this critical connection," said New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas. "Gov. Andrew Cuomo is improving transportation infrastructure across New York State, and this new bridge is an important step that will boost commerce in the region and across the state." Located between Buffalo and Binghamton on NS's Southern Tier Line, the bridge connects New York businesses to markets in the Midwest and New England, trade with Canada, and access to New York City. After two years of construction, NS began operating trains in December over the new GENESEE ARCH BRIDGE Officials Dedicate New 'Bridge To The Future' In New York N Credit: John Kucko Digital Genesee Arch Bridge NY CANADA Binghamton Buffalo Mechanicville to Midwest Gateways Genesee Arch B ridge Hornell Corning SOUTHERN TIER D&H SOUTH PAN AM SOUTHERN NS TO NEW YORK Other NS Routes NS Short Line Partners All Other Railroads

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