Sunday, September 18, 2011

FEC railway to give Miami port a competitive edge

Mounds of earth and stacks of construction equipment mark the progress of a $50-million railway project that is scheduled to begin hauling cargo as early as next year from the Port of Miami to the country’s rail network – an important milestone in the strategy to prepare the port for mega-freighters crossing a widened Panama Canal.
Reconstruction of the 4.4-mile Florida East Coast Railway line is a small but vital part of the renovation of the port, along with dredging of the cargo harbor and construction of a $1-billion tunnel giving trucks a direct connection between the port and expressways, according to port and railway officials.
Most of the old railway track already has been removed and the installation of the new one will begin soon, said project manager Jonathan Slaton. Continued

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