Rail upgrade to divert 878,000 trucks in VA

Norfolk Southern briefed the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on the Crescent Corridor freight rail improvements, which will have a major impact on truck traffic on I-81.

VDOT has posted the Norfolk Southern presentation on January 18 by Marc Hoecker, Director Strategic Planning.

Shenandoah Valley Projects 2012  

Berryville, Elkton, Roanoke

$34.5M Budget (70% VA / 30% NS)

Berryville (Siding Extension)

Elkton (New Siding)

Roanoke (Interlocking / Signal Renewal) Includes provisions for Future Roanoke Passenger Station

Berryville & Elkton expect completion mid 2012

Roanoke under design review

Benefits to Virginia:

878,000 Annual Trucks Diverted to Rail (that’s a big increase in the original projection of 750,000 trucks diverted)

34.7 Million Gallons Fuel Saved per Year

385,000 Tons CO2 Reduction per Year

$98.8 Million Annual Congestion Savings


Click the link below to view the powerpoint presentation:

Norfolk Southern Presentation to Commonwealth Transportation Board (PDF)

Valley Supports I-81 Freight Rail Diversion (PDF)