Canadian government announces funding for rail projects in Saskatchewan

Infrastructure works will stabilize the right-of-way, assist in the location of interchanges and design the relocation of level crossings

Transport Canada logoREGINA, Saskatchewan — The Canadian government will provide $18.3 million for four rail infrastructure projects in Regina and southern Saskatchewan, Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra announced Thursday.

Planned projects and funding include:

— C$13.5 million for a level stabilization project at the Canadian Pacific Railway interchange near Eston, Sask.; Last Mountain Railway, an 85-mile branch line between Regina and Davidson, Sask., which hauls mostly grain, will also provide $13.5 million.

— C$2.2 million to build 12,000 feet of new track at the interchange between Canadian Pacific and Stewart Southern Railway in Lajord, Sask. Purely Canada Foods, a producer of grains and other products, will provide the remaining funds for the $6.5 million project.

— C$1.6 million for a new yard at the Canadian Pacific Interchange with Great Western Railway near Assiniboia, Sask. Great Western, which operates nearly 400 miles of former CP track, will also provide $1.6 million.

— C$1 million to fund preliminary design work to relocate level crossings in Regina. The City of Regina is contributing $1.4 million.

Government support comes from the National Trade Corridors Fund.

Alghabra said in a press release that the projects “strengthen the efficiency of supply chains in the southern Saskatchewan trade area by improving the ability to support the growth in the volume of goods shipped to foreign markets and by eliminating bottlenecks between road and rail transportation This will allow Canada to remain competitive in international markets and strengthen our economy for Canadians at home.

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