Mayor Steele Announces Cornhusker Railroad Regional Connectivity Project
Grand Island, Nebraska — Monday, Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele joined U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to announce the investment of $15.22 million in federal funding for the Cornhusker Railroad Regional Connectivity Project. Located at the Cornhusker Industrial Park west of Grand Island, the $15.22 million will fund modernization activities, including final design and construction for approximately five miles of track-related improvements, upgrades to certain grade crossings, and expansion of the railcar repair facility.
This funding is part of more than $1.4 billion being invested in rail improvement projects through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program, which improves the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail. This is the largest amount ever awarded for rail safety and rail supply chain upgrades.
“The improvements made possible through this funding will allow the Grand Island area to serve as a strategic hub for rail, serving the whole of North America, Canada and Mexico, as well as several main freight corridors including I-80, U.S. Highways 281, 30 and 34, and State Highway 2,” said Lieutenant Governor Joe Kelly. “I am excited for Grand Island and look forward to seeing this project come to fruition, leading to the long-term benefits of economic vitality to Nebraskans.”
Mayor Roger Steele stated “Rail continues to drive economic growth, provide well-paying and stable jobs, and generate prosperity in Central Nebraska. We recognize and appreciate the significant investments President Biden and Congress are making in rural infrastructure and transportation projects through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, and we are especially appreciative of the significant investments happening right here in Grand Island. Today marks the start of a new and exciting rail opportunity for our region’s economy, businesses and residents.”