TxDOT receives grant for rail bridge construction - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

TxDOT receives grant for rail bridge construction

(Source: Pixabay) (Source: Pixabay)
AUSTIN, TX (KXXV) -

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the Texas Department of Transportation has received a $7 million federal grant to help rebuild the Presidio-Ojinaga International Rail Bridge. It will also provide improvements on 72 miles of track on the state-owned South Orient Rail Line that runs from the border to near Coleman, Texas.

Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Tryon Lewis hailed the FASTLANE grant as a critical investment in the West Texas oil and gas industry.

“The South Orient Railroad has become an increasingly important freight line for the agriculture and oil and gas industries in West Texas. With the replacement of the rail bridge at Presidio, the improvements to the track, bridges and crossings will allow enhanced freight opportunities for communities in Texas and between Texas and Mexico, with greater efficiency and safety,” said Lewis.

The South Orient Rail Line is a 391-mile line running from the Texas-Mexico border at Presidio through San Angelo to just south of Coleman. The grant will be part of a public and private partnership to replace the international bridge that was damaged by a fire in 2008. It has remained closed since then, blocking one of only seven rail gateways between the United States and Mexico.

Copyright 2017 KXXV. All rights reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:22:02 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:14 PM EDT2018-05-21 03:14:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once...More >>
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.More >>
  • Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

    Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:41 AM EDT2018-05-20 10:41:19 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:13 PM EDT2018-05-21 03:13:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia). Pope Francis asperges holy water as he celebrates a Pentecost mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 20, 2018.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia). Pope Francis asperges holy water as he celebrates a Pentecost mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 20, 2018.

    Pope Francis has announced that he will make 14 new cardinals next month, among them his chief aide for helping homeless people.

    More >>

    Pope Francis has announced that he will make 14 new cardinals next month, among them his chief aide for helping homeless people.

    More >>
  • Jackson rocks Billboard Awards with performance and speech

    Jackson rocks Billboard Awards with performance and speech

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-05-20 14:51:24 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:12 PM EDT2018-05-21 03:12:44 GMT
    (AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...(AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".More >>
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".More >>
Powered by Frankly