The Reading & Northern Railroad has been awarded a $10 million state capital budget grant to build a new railroad bridge over the Lehigh River near Nesquehoning in Carbon County.
The project cost is more than $14 million, with Reading & Northern investing the balance.
The new bridge will provide the railroad with a north-south route connecting the Philadelphia region to New England and eastern Canada. It will be the fastest and most economical route into the Marcellus Shale territory, according to Andrew Muller Jr., owner and CEO of the railroad
“I have been working for almost two decades to bring this bridge and resulting new route to fruition. This bridge will enable us to better serve our customers and it will bring economic development and jobs to northeastern Pennsylvania,” Muller said in a news release today.
The bridge will enable Reading & Northern to provide improved service to dozens of its existing customers.
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