This story was originally published in Illinois Business Journal
By ROBERTA CODEMO| ibjonline.com
” America’s Central Port, located in Granite City and Madison, completed two major rail projects in 2016, increasing rail capacity by 30 percent.
“We laid 4.25 miles of new track,” said Bill Stahlman, director of engineering and construction for America’s Central Port. “That’s a lot of track to put in.”
The port recently constructed 8,000 feet of track into a new 60-acre industrial site, providing direct access to a new 126,000-square-foot advanced chemical processing building, with a spur for future development on the site. The $2.5 million project included rehabilitating an existing rail line that serves warehouses at the port, and was funded with an Economic Development Administration Grant and a loan from Madison County Community Development.
It also completed construction of the South Rail Loop. The initial single rail track that was constructed in 2009 will now have two additional adjacent tracks to meet increased train capacity at the harbor. More than 15,000 feet of track was constructed, and the Port paid for the $2.5 million project through loan funds…”