Durango & Silverton gets federal grant to replace bridge

CRISI grants also announced for projects in Florida, Mississippi
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The Durango & Silverton will receive a federal grant to replace a bridge over the Animas River.
TRAINS: David Lassen

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will receive a federal grant for more than $1.9 miilion to replace a bridge over the Animas River as part of the latest group of Department of Transportation Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grants announced by local politicians. The website Colorado Politics reports the grant request says the current 242-foot bridge over the Animas is “overstressed and in need of replacement;” a new bridge will be built adjacent to the current structure.

The website also reports Trinidad, Colo., will receive $548,000 for a study to aid in planning for the proposed Front Range passenger rail service between Pueblo and Fort Collins, Colo.

CRISI grants continue to be announced by politicians in the areas receiving the funds, prior to announcement of all awards by the Department of Transportation. In other announcements:

— The mayor of Boca Raton, Fla., says in a Twitter post that the city will receive a CRISI grant for construction of a Brightline station in the community. The post from Mayor Scott Singer says the grant will save the city an estimated $1.5 million on the cost of a new garage adjacent to the station, and speed plans for construction.

— The Grenada Railroad will receive a $6.2 million CRISI grant to complete refurbishment of a line between Canton, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn. The Clarksdale Press Register reports funds will go toward upgrading 25 bridges, replacing ties on 88 miles of railroad, improving 11 bridges and track conditions on the Water Valley spur, repairing three tracks in the Durant yard, and adding a locomotive pit for maintenance work. The railroad is providing a $4.97 million match for the project, which is expected to cost a total of $12.44 million.


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