April 16, 2012: Improving Rail Infrastructure in Northern Maine
J.D. Irving, Limited’s Maine Northern Railway is leading a major infrastructure improvement program on the Aroostook Lines in Northern Maine.
The Aroostook lines are approximately 233 miles long and stretch from Millinocket to Madawaska. The rail link is a critical corridor that connects northern Maine to the North American rail transportation network.
Maine Northern Railway was selected by the Maine Department of Transportation last year to operate the state-owned portion of the former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA).
In late 2011, work began on improvements to the track structure under the $10.5 million Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
The work includes:
- 50,000 new ties installed
- 1.2 million track feet of surfacing
- 90,000 tons of ballast
- 20 miles of ditching
- 200 miles of brush cutting
- 13 culverts replaced
- 7,500 feet of rail replaced
- 34 private crossings repaired
- 186,000 anchors replaced
Watch video of rail crews and machines improving a critical transportation link. The project, scheduled to be completed by late 2012, will enhance the cost-effective transport of goods to and from the state to national and global markets.