Grants boost stack clearances, steel industry tracks around Pittsburgh

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Of five grants awarded this week by the Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission, the largest will allow Norfolk Southern to upgrade a second line to move double stacks through Pittsburgh.

NS learned the hard way one route wasn't enough in June 2016. That's when a Mt. Washington hillside above the south bank of the Monongahela River gave way, affecting traffic on the Cleveland to Harrisburg, Pa., line for 11 days.

The grant puts $22.7 million toward the $28.6-million project and funds work involving 14 bridges in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Many of the bridges already had been scheduled for updating, the Post-Gazette reports.

The work will either lower track or raise roadways to clear the double stacks.

That line crosses the Allegheny River north of its confluence with the Monongahela and travels through Pittsburgh, Swissvale, and Braddock, Pa.

The transportation commission also awarded a $1-million grant to the Allegheny Valley Railroad to increase capacity by eliminating weight restrictions on its 36th Street trestle.

The remaining money was split in West Mifflin among U.S. Steel Corp., Union Railroad, and Tube City IMS, now known as TMS International, to increase capacity on a trestle and rehab a total of six miles of track.

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