Texas short line railroad starts construction on new 9-mile segment

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HONDO, Texas — A project that looks to build a new freight rail line west of San Antonio is moving forward with preliminary surveying and right-of-way work.

The Southwest Gulf Railroad Co. recently announced it has started construction on its Medina Line, a proposed 9-mile rail line operating north from Dunlay.

Crews are starting to survey the proposed route and marking the right-of-way in preparation for the next phase of work. Once all of the surveying is complete, crews will start fencing the property, conduct some earthwork, and install rail. A project timeline estimates that construction could be completed as early as 2019.

A Houston-based general contractor is handling the rail line’s construction and environmental processes.

According to the railroad, the Medina line will be marketed in conjunction with Union Pacific to promote economic development opportunities and the ability to ship products by rail.

The rail line will operate north of Dunlay on the east side of Quihi and will interchange with Union Pacific in Dunlay.

Southwest Gulf Railroad Co. is a subsidiary of aggregate company Vulcan Materials.

See the news release online.

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