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Muncy-area project will improve tracks, provide access
June 7, 2012
Work is moving along on the Koppers/Halliburton track construction and rehabilitation project in the Muncy area, involving the installation
New switch and the beginning of track work at the Koppers-Susquehanna Plant near Muncy.
of 2,300 feet of new track and rehabilitation of 1,800 feet of track. The project will improve tracks at the
existing Koppers-Susquehanna Plant and provide access to Halliburton's new gas drilling support complex, a 55-acre site which processes sand, minerals, chemicals, and others products used in natural gas development.
Bid specifications were developed by Jannotti Rail Consulting for the
SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA), which is overseeing and administering the project.
The first stage included clearing, grading, and leveling for new track adjacent to Koppers. Actual track work began in late April. Work is being done by W.E. Yoder, Inc., a railroad track construction firm, based in Kutztown, PA. The total cost of the project is nearly $1 million, funded through a state grant to the Industrial Properties Corporation (IPC) affiliated with the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. The JRA's project coordination with the Chamber has been with its Executive Vice-President, Jason Fink.
Separately, Halliburton is funding constructing of over 3,000 feet of new rail sidings. Both Koppers' and Halliburton's facilities are served by the Lycoming Valley Railroad, private operator for the JRA.
According to Jeff Stover, Executive Director, JRA, Koppers has been particularly cooperative with the Rail Authority and IPC in allowing its track to be used to gain access to Halliburton. Stover expects the project to be completed by the end of July.