Feds Sending $7.3 Million Grant to R.J. Corman Central Kentucky Lines

Guthrie, Kentucky
An engine from the Nicholasville, Ky., -based short line R.J. Corman sits idle outside the engine house in downtown Guthrie. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

The feds are sending a $7.3 million grant to support projects for R.J. Corman Central Kentucky Lines to strengthen freight rail transportation between Lexington and Frankfort.

The railroad will use the funds to create a new freight rail-to-truck transload facility outside Frankfort.

Officials said it will also pave the way for improvement projects to Lexington’s existing main yard and transload facility. The work includes rehabilitating grade crossings and tracks, a new office building, switching replacements, expanding transload storage pads and paving truck and traffic areas.

“Expanding and enhancing freight transportation on the R.J. Corman Central Kentucky Lines will be a tremendous boost for commerce in Central Kentucky,” U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Kentucky, said in a news release. “I strongly advocated for this grant project through a letter of support to the U.S. Department of Transportation, and I voted for the funding used to award this grant. I look forward to seeing these improvements fully implemented and the impact they will have on our region.”

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