Portland & Western Railroad to Use FRA Grants for Bridge and Track Work

WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is awarding two grants to the Portland & Western Railroad (PNWR).

The first is $129,431 to supplement a larger, ongoing project to replace over eight miles of track between Willamina and Whiteson, Oregon with continuous welded rail capable of handling heavier rail car loads and accommodating higher train speeds.

These federal funds will be used specifically to rehabilitate a siding and improve several highway-rail grade crossings. The PNWR is providing $32,358 in matching funds for this project.

The second grant is in the amount of $1,386,766 to continue work on a project to replace a one-half mile long wooden bridge approach to an existing steel bridge over the Willamette River near Albany, Ore.

PNWR is providing $346,766 in matching funds for this project.