A $249,420 state grant will go toward refurbishing railroad tracks in Fairless Hills to help a local lumber company.
Blue Ridge Wood Products in Fairless Hills will be the direct beneficiary of the repaired railway. It receives more than 80% of its wood supply via train, according to the Office of State Sen. Steve Santarsiero.
Crews will work on 700 feet of track, more than two football fields. The goal is to make Blue Ridge’s “inbound railcar unloading operations” more efficient.
State Rep. John Galloway and Santarsiero announced the funding, obtained through PennDOT, late last week.
“Investments in infrastructure are crucial to ensuring a thriving economy here in Bucks County and across the Commonwealth,” Sen. Santarsiero said. “I am always pleased to see local companies receive recognition and support for the important work they are doing here in our district.”
“These funds will increase mobility options, as well as improve freight travel efficiency,” Rep. Galloway said. “A strong rail system means increased economic development in Bucks County.”