RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation officials helped drive the final spike on the Greenville Transload Project, located next to the Pitt County Landfill in west Greenville. The $290,000 project provides a new siding track adjacent to the existing rail line that will allow local companies to receive and unload their products via the Carolina Coastal Railway Company.
"This is a great example of how NCDOT is working to promote economic development in our state by making it easier for companies to ship their product and conduct business," said NCDOT Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson.
The first shippers to use the project will be eastern Tennessee-based mining company Tennessee Valley Resources, which will ship limestone and fertilizer products to local farmers to be picked up at the new siding. Without the rail line, Tennessee Valley Resources may have to place its product on trucks that would drive more than 400 miles to Greenville. Rail transport in this case is about three times as environmentally efficient as truck transport and reduces heavy truck traffic on the highway network linking Tennessee to eastern North Carolina.
Another beneficiary of the project is Pitt County, which owns the landfill. The project is expected to generate income for the county due to the fees that trucks will pay to use the scales and move freight in and out of the landfill site.
This is one of the first projects completed through the Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Fund, established in 2013 by the General Assembly. The fund utilizes dividends received by the North Carolina Railroad Company to support projects that improve freight service and rail safety across the state.