Norfolk Southern has completed $22.6 million in track, bridge and signal improvements along an 85-mile rail line through Pennsylvania’s Monongahela Valley that serves five coal mines.
The maintenance improvements started with a partial shutdown of train traffic on June 24, before a full shutdown on June 29. About 400 NS employees installed 26,904 ties and 75,000 tons of ballast; laid 13 miles of new rail; resurfaced another 110 miles of rail; added 961 new bridge ties; replaced 22 culverts and cleaned 110; and upgraded 40 road crossings. The crews also replaced a retaining wall and a 140-foot timber bridge with a ballast deck over Pigeon Creek in Monongahela.
“The work completed here will help keep this line safe and help us serve customers efficiently,” said Mike Wheeler, vice president engineering for the Class I railroad, in a written statement.