SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 12, 2016 Wolf Administration Announces New Rail Projects That Will Create, Retain 48,000 Jobs Through State Investment Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Infrastructure, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Transportation Harrisburg, PA – An estimated 9,200 jobs will be created and more than 39,000 will be retained over the next five years due to thirty-one rail projects being made possible by two PennDOT-managed grant programs.“Pennsylvania has the most railroads in the country and these make up a vital component of our economic and transportation activities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These investments underscore our role in supporting jobs and economies across the state.”The State Transportation Commission (STC) voted today to approve $36 million for 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 16 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds and RFAP is underwritten through the new Multimodal Fund, created by Act 89.Act 89 is a far-reaching transportation program that clears the way for significant investments in all transportation modes.For more information on rail in Pennsylvania visit www.penndot.gov.Follow PennDOT on Twitter at twitter.com/penndotnews, on Instagram at instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot, and “like” the department on Facebook at facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation. Following is a by-county list of approved rail freight projects under the programs with the state share:RTAP Projects:Allegheny County:CSX Transportation Inc.– $3 million to construct new main lead track, crossovers, turnouts, and derails to allow intermodal trains to pull off the McKees Rocks mainline to serve the Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminal.Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad — $420,000 to install 2,650 feet of track and one new turnout in the Scully Yard.Union Railroad Company — $3.4 million to repair and rehabilitate the East Pittsburgh Viaduct, including concrete repairs, structure drainage corrections, a 1,600-foot passing siding and adding a new walkway and handrails.Allegheny and Washington Counties:Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. — $1.2 million to install nearly 20 track miles of continuous welded rail on the railway’s Pittsburgh subdivision.Butler County:Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Inc. — $3.6 million to improve the Butler Yard and shop tracks as well as yard tracks the company leases, as well as restoring a crossover connection and repairing eight bridge structures on its northern subdivision.Carbon County:Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad — $5 million to construct a new bridge across the Lehigh River and approximately 1,200 feet of new track related to the construction of the new bridge.Centre, Columbia, Lycoming and Northumberland Counties:SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority — $3.5 million to upgrade five bridges and replace one bridge.Chester County:East Penn Railroad LLC — $665,000 for turnouts, rail, ties, resurfacing and rebuilding a 2,000-foot siding, as well as replacing 3,800 mainline ties, 110 mainline switch timbers, surfacing five mainline turnouts and 18,750 feet of mainline track.Dauphin County:Steelton and Highspire Railroad — $2 million to construct and rehabilitate 13,026 track feet and 22 turnouts serving the Durabond pipe plant, Chemtron weld plant, Arcelor-Mittal’s interchange loading area, and connecting track to Norfolk Southern’s interchange as well as Steelton & Highspire Railroad’s main yard.Fayette County:D&I Silica — $1.3 million to extend the switching lead track and two unloading pit yard tracks, replace track and relocate a turnout to create a yard for operational flexibility.Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad Company — $2 million to install five yard tracks, and a runaround track to improve Bowest Yard.Lackawanna County:Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority — $630,000 to install 9,000 new ties on the Carbondale mainline track.McKean County:American Refining Group Inc. — $1.6 million to construct 50 feet of track, rehabilitate 1,400 feet of track, one turnout and two crossings, as well as modify six existing loading tracks.Western New York PA Railroad Company LLC — $500,000 to install 7,500 crossties, reconstruct two crossings, and track surfacing.Westmoreland County:Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation – Nearly $1.1 million to replace existing rail and steel components on the Radebaugh Subdivision Rail Relay.RFAP Projects:Allegheny County:Leetsdale Industrial Corporation — $299,862 to construct two new spurs and raise, line and surface track.Beaver County:Middleton Properties West LLC — $633,711 to rehabilitate 4,800 feet of track and construct 2,700 feet of new track.Pennsylvania Southwestern Railroad — $535,610 to rehabilitate five tracks, a pit track and a turnout.Berks, Lancaster and York Counties:East Penn Railroad LLC — $560,000 to rehabilitate the Lancaster Northern and York Line, including tie replacement and resurfacing.Blair County:The Everett Railroad Company — $360,150 to replace 4,000 linear feet of rail, 1,200 ties, one public grade crossing and surface two miles of track.Bradford and Wyoming Counties:Lehigh Railway LLC — $292,713 to install a runaround track at ROCK station and install five rail flange lubricators along Lehigh Railway’s mainline.Centre County:SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority — $298,232 to rehabilitate the Robinson Lane track including replacing one turnout, installing culvert boxes and drainage pipes, surfacing, as well as deck timber and bridge planking deck replacement.Delaware County:Consolidated Rail Corporation — $259,748 to replace three existing railroad diamonds.Lackawanna County:Kane Warehousing Inc. — $227,500 to construct a 1,000-foot track spur and one turnout.Lackawanna and Wayne Counties:The Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad Company Inc. — $690,900 to repair the Delaware-Lackawanna railroad bridge over the west branch of the Lehigh River, including wingwall and backwall restoration, bridge seat cleaning, resurfacing and re-establishment of original bridge elevation.Lancaster County:Alumax Mill Products Inc. — $250,000 to construct a 1,500-foot double rail spur including two new turnouts.Mercer County:Wheatland Tube Company — $262,500 to construct two industrial spur tracks, two turnouts and a loading/unloading pad.Montgomery County:Mittal Steel USA Railways Inc. — $312,550 to repair a 310-foot stone masonry retaining wall, improve 1,085 feet of track and install two turnouts.Schuylkill County:Reading Anthracite Company — $700,000 to reconstruct grade crossings and improve drainage.Union County:Lewisburg & Buffalo Creek Railroad Corporation — $217,000 to repair a stone masonry box culvert and install a 60-inch steel pipe south of the existing structure.Westmoreland County:Three Rivers Marine Rail Terminal LP — $133,945 to rehabilitate mainline track including replacing crossties, bolts and bridge timber, surfacing and installing ballast.
RelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Barcelona coach, Quique Setien, is pessimistic that the Spanish top flight season will be completed and has called La Liga’s conditions for the campaign recommencing “a non-starter” due to the continued threat of the novel coronavirus.La Liga has been on hold since March 10 due to the pandemic, although president Javier Tebas has said matches could start up again on either May 29, June 7 or June 28, most likely without spectators.Tebas has estimated Spanish clubs would lose around one billion euros ($1.09 billion) if the season is not completed.A draft of the league’s protocol for returning to training and matches, once given the green light by health authorities, recommends that clubs hold training camps at their training grounds or hotels for a two-week period before matches can start again.Added the protocol: “Only first team players, coaching staff and a small number of other staff would be allowed to access the facility, with everyone at the training camp being subjected to two COVID-19 tests before accessing the site.“Testing would continue to take place during the camps.”But Setien, whose Barca side held a two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the standings when the campaign was indefinitely postponed, does not think it is so simple.Setien told Catalan radio station RAC1 on Thursday: “Everyone wants to be ready for when the season starts again but that cannot happen until the health authorities can guarantee that there will be no problems.“I have read the protocol and the reality is I don’t know if it can be carried out as it is written, I think it’s unworkable, I think it’s very difficult logistically.”Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets also expressed doubts about the feasibility of clubs holding training camps.Busquets told Spanish radio stations Onda Cero and Cadena Cope: “We can start training again little by little but it will be difficult once everyone comes together and the competition starts again and teams start travelling.“I have heard that La Liga wants teams to concentrate for a few months, I think that’s too much and it cannot be done. There will be too many problems.”La Liga declined to comment on Setien and Busquets’ comments although a source close to the matter said stakeholders were continuing to discuss a plan to return to matches along with the association of European leagues.“The objective of La Liga is to create a protocol of the highest possible standard that can allow return to training and get us in a good, healthy, way to the light at the end of this dark tunnel,” added the source.More than 19,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Spain although this week the government loosened the terms of a strict lockdown to allow some businesses back to work.Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC BarcelonaLa LigaQuique Setien
(CMC) — West Indies head coach Stuart Law said yesterday Carlos Brathwaite’s dropping from the one-day side to face Pakistan will afford the talented all-rounder the chance to further improve on his weaknesses and return a stronger player.The 28-year-old Brathwaite was left out of the 13-man squad to face Pakistan in a three-match series starting here Friday, and will now head to the Indian Premier League to take up his contract with Delhi Daredevils.“We just thought the opportunity was there for Carlos to go away and work on a few aspects of his game, mainly his fitness and bowling – getting back to bowling how he wants to bowl so he has been left out for those reasons,” the Australian said.“It just coincided that the IPL was there and we had no cricket after this ODI series and he hasn’t been part of the last Test series so the selectors gave him the option of going to the IPL, which I think is a good thing.“He can get to talk to guys like Rahul Dravid and learn how to play spin and he’ll get plenty practice with all the net bowlers who are available. He should be able to work on his fitness and work on his bowling.”Brathwaite, who shot to stardom after hitting four consecutive sixes in the final over of the Twenty20 World Cup to win the title for West Indies last April, has struggled in the one-day format in recent times.He averages 13 with the bat from 23 ODIs and averages 47 with his medium pace, having taken 21 wickets. In the three-match series against England last month, he scraped just 42 runs in three innings and failed to take a single wicket in 24 expensive overs.Brathwaite’s namesake, opener Kraigg Brathwaite, was the other player left out of the ODI squad, after also failing to impress in his 10 games to date.Law said West Indies required more explosive batting at the top of the order and selectors had therefore opted for Chadwick Walton. However, he assured Kraigg had not been discarded.“We spoke to Kraigg after the last series and we’ve spoken to him since. We’re just looking for a little bit more impetus at the top of the order,” Law pointed out.“In the first 10 overs, the power-play — we’ve probably got to make better use of those overs when we bat. It’s not like he’ll never play for the West Indies in ODI cricket again.“He’s got an opportunity again to get back into first class cricket and score runs, which he has done since he’s been back, plus it’s also a great opportunity for him to get into good nick and feeling comfortable with his game before the Test series starts.”West Indies face Pakistan in the first ODI on Friday at the Guyana National Stadium and follow up with games on Sunday and on April 11.The three-Test series bowls off April 22 in Kingston.West Indies ODI squad: — Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton.
Riyad Mahrez then shot wide after a move that began with City playing a series of passes inside their own penalty area.And Aguero squandered an excellent chance in the 25th minute, hitting his shot against McCarthy after Sterling had accelerated past the hapless Targett.But overplaying at the other end almost proved City’s undoing.Ederson was nearly caught by Austin before dribbling round the striker. But he showed a mastery of the more conventional goalkeeping arts on the half-hour with a diving save to keep out Austin’s glancing header from a corner by Ward-Prowse.City did not heed the warning and Saints were level after 36 minutes.Oleksandr Zinchenko was slow to see Hojbjerg closing in on him and the Southampton captain robbed the Ukraine defender and strode forward before lashing the ball in from 15 yards.– City double stuns Saints –Zinchenko could count himself lucky that referee Paul Tierney did not see his barge on Ward-Prowse after 44 minutes as a penalty.And the home crowd were still complaining about that decision when City retook the lead on the stroke of half-time.Sterling forced his way down the left and fired in a low cross that hit the foot of Ward-Prowse and zipped between the surprised McCarthy and his near post.And the crowd’s disbelief was complete three minutes into first-half stoppage time when Aguero rose unchallenged by Jan Bednarek to nod Zinchenko’s cross under McCarthy.In the second half both sides went through the motions. City had the points they needed and Southampton were happy to avoid further damage to their confidence and goal difference. But even then City could have had three or four more goals.Sterling shot straight at McCarthy, Aguero hit the angle of the post and crossbar, and Mahrez blasted straight at the goalkeeper.Share on: WhatsApp Southampton, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City showed they are willing to accept the challenge of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title with a 3-1 win away to Southampton on Sunday.Following shock defeats by Crystal Palace and Leicester, reigning champions City cut the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Liverpool to seven points ahead of their meeting with the Merseysiders at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.But they allowed a limited Southampton side back into the game after a dominating start, which suggests there are still frailties for Liverpool to exploit.David Silva put City ahead after 10 minutes but they passed up a number of chances to add to the lead and gifted Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg an equaliser in the 37th minute.For a period, Pep Guardiola’s side looked fragile, but a James Ward-Prowse own-goal and a header by Sergio Aguero just before half-time restored their confidence.Saints’ frustrations boiled over with a red card for Hojbjerg after a wild challenge on Fernandinho late in the game.Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl sprang a surprise in his team selection by giving a debut to 18-year-old former Chelsea starlet Kayne Ramsay at right-back.City should have gone ahead in the fifth minute when Jack Stephens allowed Raheem Sterling to steal possession and set up David Silva.But the City man tried to be too deliberate, with his shot blocked by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.But Saints could also have taken a more surprising lead after eight minutes when Mohamed Elyounoussi’s clever flick over the City defence sent Charlie Austin clear.Austin’s first touch, however, was dreadful and sent the ball into Ederson’s grateful arms.Instead of being a goal up, the home side were behind within a minute.The left side of their defence was opened up with ease by a simple one-two, leaving Bernardo Silva clear of full-back Matt Targett and free to advance down the right. He had all the time he wanted to pick out the unmarked David Silva, who hit the ball first-time past McCarthy.