State allocates $8 million for freight railroad assistance

Gov. Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), announced nearly $8 million in grants and loans for five freight rail improvement projects across the state. The projects will lengthen rail spurs, install conveyance equipment, and increase storage capacity at Wisconsin facilities. The Freight Railroad Preservation Program grants will contribute up to 80% of project costs to help preserve freight rail service or rehabilitate tracks on publicly owned rail lines. A separate program, Wisconsin’s Freight Railroad Infrastructure Improvement Program, will also contribute as a revolving loan program used to improve rail infrastructure and construct new rail-served facilities. Projects in Milwaukee, Grant, Brown, Kewaunee, and Chippewa counties will benefit from the programs.