Port of Wilmington improves rail service
March 19, 2013By Nichelle Polston @nichellepolston
A million dollar project designed to help the Port of Wilmington handle deliveries more efficiently is finally completed. The Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware Transit Corporation made the announcement on Tuesday.
Involved in the Port of Wilmington Rail Improvement Project were Norfolk Southern Railway, Autoport, and the Diamond State Port Corporation. The three jointly developed and added side tracks, one-half mile off the NSR mainline. This is good news to Autoport which is located adjacent to the Port of Wilmington because the expansion now allows larger deliveries of motor vehicles, which increases the number from 60 to 90.
Although the new side track mostly serves Autoport and minimizes truck loads on Delaware highways that deliver cars, the new stretch of tracks will also benefit NSR. Officials say tracks will be able to shift trains off the NSR main track, so that deliveries there are made more smoothly too.
The 3-million dollar project also included a new improved grade crossing and state of the art signalization.