Work on northern Maine rail making progress
BANGOR, Maine—A $10.5 million project to repair 233 miles of state-owned railroad line in northern Maine is progressing but there is still plenty of work to be done.
Nate Moulton, director of the Maine Department of Transportation's rail program, says about half of the 7,500 feet of rail replacement has been done, and 11,000 of the planned 50,000 ties have been replaced since August on the stretch of line between Millinocket and Madawaska.
The Bangor Daily News (http://bit.ly/rR0283) reports that work will resume next year when weather conditions permit. The project should be complete by the fall.
The line's previous owner sought federal approval in February 2010 to abandon the tracks, citing losses of $4 million to $5 million annually. They were purchased by the state last January for $19.1 million.
Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com