Norfolk Southern officials host tour of intermodal site

November 21, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Construction Manager Mike Checket talks Monday about a Norfolk Southern project in Antrim Township, Pa.
By Jennifer Fitch/Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — In Antrim Township, Pa., today’s muddy field is the future’s $95 million rail-truck facility driving the region’s economy.

Norfolk Southern officials hosted a tour of their 200-acre intermodal facility site for the media and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., on Monday. Construction vehicles continue to snake through the fields off Milnor and Hykes roads, which are near Pennsylvania’s exit 3 of Interstate 81.

At the end of next year, Norfolk Southern expects to open the intermodal facility, where 650 trucks will drop off and pick up containerized freight each day. Containers weighing up to 34 tons each will be transferred between tractor-trailers and trains.

“Ultimately, it’s about taking the long-haul truck off the highway,” said Darrell Wilson, Norfolk Southern’s assistant vice president of government relations.

On Milnor Road, Construction Manager Mike Checket explained how the road will have a cul-de-sac after it closes permanently in two weeks. That area will eventually have a concrete area for the tractor-trailers and containers.

“We’ve been blasting for four months now, and we have a few more weeks left,” Checket said of site work off Milnor Road.

Norfolk Southern presented Antrim Township officials with a $300,000 check for improvements they’ll need to make to nearby roads.

On Hykes Road, crews working for Norfolk Southern are replacing a sewer line as cows watch from a nearby pasture. A bridge will be built there as part of the project.

Corrugated pipe is being installed off Armada Drive, a new road to the site and an undeveloped business park. Blasting for rock is occurring there, too.

Shuster praised the project for its direct and indirect employment of 275 people.

“Of course, that has a ripple effect across the community and region,” he said.

The project helps the economy and reduces the number of trucks on highways, which cuts down on carbon emissions, Shuster said.

By the numbers

  • Economic impact through 2030: $3.16 billion
  • Direct employment: 126
  • Indirect employment: 149
  • Total payroll by 2030: $167 million
  • Initial capacity: 85,000 truck trailers and shipping containers annually

Source: Norfolk Southern

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