Colorado’s Steel City gets boost from rail line improvements

October 20, 2015

PUEBLO COUNTY – 11,000 tons worth of Pueblo steel purchased, in hopes of creating new life for passenger rail service.

The Southwest Chief improvement project is driving more than eight million dollars into Pueblo’s economy, putting more jobs on the market and moving one step closer to bringing the train through the Steel City.Website Insert Fleet for Sale or Lease copy

“Rail that is stamped with CFNI stamps, are being lifted up and are being replaced with rail that’s stamped with EVRAZ stamps, EVRAZ steel made right across the highway here,” Sal Pace, Pueblo County Commissioner said.

It’s an order for more than $8 million worth of Pueblo steel to repair the railroad in western Kansas and eastern Colorado.

“If we didn’t get this grant, we would have definitively lost this route and now we have jobs coming to Pueblo because we received the grant on top of it,” Pace said.

Last year, Pueblo County and about a dozen other communities joined forces to apply for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) VI Grant.

They pooled together nine million in local matching dollars and received about $12 million back from the federal government. That money is now going towards critical repairs on the Southwest Chief line.

“Pueblo County, we’ve put $100,000 towards that TIGER grant as a local match, and our local economy will receive at least eight million dollars back,” he said.

Steel workers News5 spoke with were pleased to hear an industry which helped build our city is now getting the boost it needs.

“Our community survives with this mill, everything that we do has wrapped around this mill for the last 140 years and we still have to make sure that we’re keeping this mill going,” Sam Pantello, a union representative for EVRAZ said.

Reporter Lena Howland of KOAA 5 has the full story by clicking here.

 

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