TxDOT Receives $7M Grant from USDOT to Rebuild Presido-Ojinaga International Rail Bridge
AUSTIN, TX The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the Texas Department of Transportation has received a $7 million federal grant to help rebuild the Presidio-Ojinaga International Rail Bridge and 72 miles of track on the state-owned South Orient Rail Line that runs from the border to near Coleman, Texas.
Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Tryon Lewis hailed the FASTLANE grant that was announced as a critical investment in the West Texas oil and gas industry.
"The South Orient Railroad has become an increasingly important freight line for the agriculture and oil and gas industries in West Texas. With the replacement of the rail bridge at Presidio, the improvements to the track, bridges and crossings will allow enhanced freight opportunities for communities in Texas and between Texas and Mexico, with greater efficiency and safety," Chairman Lewis said.
The South Orient Rail Line is a 391-mile line running from the Texas-Mexico border at Presidio through San Angelo to just south of Coleman. The grant will be part of a public and private partnership to replace the international bridge that was damaged by fire in 2008 and has remained closed since then, blocking one of only seven rail gateways between the United States and Mexico. In addition to the Presidio-Ojinaga bridge reconstruction, the awarded grant funding will help provide for track, bridge and drainage improvements on 72 miles of railroad from the border to Alpine, Texas. The line is owned by the state of Texas but maintained and operated by Texas Pacifico Transportation, Ltd. under a lease with TxDOT. The total reconstruction and rehabilitation project is estimated at $16.2 million.