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Ridgefield Pioneer Street Railroad Overpass Project Receives Federal Railroad Safety Grant

Jaime Herrera Beutler applauds federal investment to address congestion, safety by eliminating road level rail crossing

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Washington, DC, February 17, 2016 | comments
Today the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the Port of Ridgefield will receive a $900,000 federal Railroad Safety Grant for the Pioneer Street Railroad Overpass Project.
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Today the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the Port of Ridgefield will receive a $900,000 federal Railroad Safety Grant for the Pioneer Street Railroad Overpass Project. Jaime Herrera Beutler helped secure funds for the Railroad Safety Grants Program during the passage of the 2016 transportation appropriations bill.

The Pioneer Street Railroad Overpass project is critical to provide, safe, open access to the Ridgefield waterfront and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge for emergency vehicles, commercial vehicles and the general public. This will allow for the closing of the Mill Street road level rail crossing – the fifth most dangerous “at-grade” crossing in Washington.

“Citizens expect their hard-earned tax dollars to be applied responsibly toward critical projects like the Ridgefield Rail Overpass that will improve the safety and livability of their communities,” said Jaime. “The current crossing is one of the most dangerous in Washington, and projects like these are precisely why I worked to secure a strong railroad Safety Grant Program in Congress. I applaud the decision to use these funds to help Ridgefield prevent its waterfront, new port development and boat launch from being interrupted by train crossing delays and ensure that emergency vehicles can respond as quickly as possible.”

Port of Ridgefield Commission Chair Scott Hughes thanked Congresswoman Herrera Beutler for her help in making this grant award possible. “She’s been a strong supporter of rail safety, job creation and this project, specifically. Along with our project partner, the City of Ridgefield, we are very excited to receive this grant and move the rail overpass to construction and completion,” he said.
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