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Two railroad bridges in Jackson to be replaced

Posted at 6:00 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 18:00:04-04

LANSING, Mich. — A railroad repair project stretching from Kalamazoo to Dearborn is planned at the tune of about $23 million.

The project includes the replacement of two railroad bridges in Jackson where the tracks cross Jackson St. and Mechanic Street.

The U.S. Department of Transportation wrote in a press release that "the proposed project, located on the Michigan-owned segment of the Chicago to Detroit/Pontiac corridor, will rehabilitate rail, cross-ties, and track surfaces between Kalamazoo and Dearborn, and replace two railroad bridges in Jackson. "

Ronald Batory, the Administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration, told NEWS 10 that, "when one looks at life expectancy, the structural engineers decided these two bridges definitely warranted replacement."

The money is coming from a grant funded in part for the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair (SOGR) program which aims to repair and rehabilitate railroad infrastructure around the country.

MDOT has yet to announce when the work will start.

There's no word yet if it will cause any cancellations or delays of Amtrak routes.

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