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.