GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Gettysburg & Northern Railroad Co. is receiving up to $1.8 million for the Gettysburg State and Private Investments Driving Economic Recovery Project.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the project will rehabilitate approximately 24 miles of the Gettysburg & Northern Railway (GET) mainline in Adams and Cumberland Counties.

The Department of Transportation says the project will improve the track to Class 2 safety standards and operating speeds, construct a new runaround track adjacent to existing track, upgrade 16 crossings warning devices to LED signals, replace wigwag warning circuitry at two at-grade crossings, and repair seven failed or failing culverts.

The project qualifies for the statutorily required set-aside for rural investment. The Class III GET and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will provide a 55 percent match.

The funding is part of a $16.5 million rail infrastructure announcement for Pennsylvania that includes $14.7 million for the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Berks.

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