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CORP gets green light to begin design on tunnel rail upgrade


WeedMedfordMapBing.jpgCentral Oregon and Pacific Railroad received Notice to Proceed on the design for a $9.2 million upgrade to a section of the Siskiyou Line between Ashland and Weed, California. Reopening this line will provide an additional transportation option for the delivery of southern Oregon lumber and manufactured goods to national and world markets. Construction is expected to be completed in July 2015 with the project rehabilitating several tunnels, bridges, ties and rails along this section.

ODOT, southern Oregon counties and private industry and Siskiyou County, California were successful in receiving a federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) IV grant for significant improvements to the Siskiyou Line which has not been used since 2008. No funds outside the TIGER IV grant were requested from other public entities. CORP has agreed to provide a 25% match to the project. Improvements on this section of line in southern Oregon and northern California will renew and improve interstate freight rail options and business competitiveness, help retain and increase regional employment to manufacturing and wood product industries which provide family wage jobs.

By reopening this line, CORP customers and shippers would have access to the Union Pacific mainline, reduce transportation costs and enhance access to the national railroad network, and national and international markets.

Currently, region manufacturers rely on either interstate truck, or rail cars sent to/from Eugene to join the Union Pacific mainline. This costs valuable time and money, depending on the chosen transportation mode.

TIGERcover.jpg.jpgIn the case of trucks, this mode increases emissions and causes additional congestion on Interstate 5.  Rail service has been shown to be both safer and more efficient, reducing congestion by 3.5 trucks for each rail car used. 

Read more about it in the September 2012 ‘Moving Ahead’ story: http://www.odotmovingahead.com/2012/09/


“The southern Region is the third highest truck volume region, but has the lowest density rail corridor.”

~ Oregon Rail Tunnel Assessment, Shannon and Wilson, Inc. Consultants.

For More Information
Arthur H. Anderson, Jr
ODOT Area Manager