Pennsylvania DOT hopes track work for new Middletown train station can start within the next six months, official tells borough council

February 4, 2016

Written by Dan Miller, Press and Journal

Work on the new Amtrak station in Middletown should begin within six months, Jennie Granger, the official in charge of the project for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said in an update to the new borough council on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Website Insert Gathering of Professionals copy


The last time Granger appeared before council in June 2015, she said she hoped that work on the station could begin in “early 2016.”


Granger said she is at the mercy of Amtrak, which must do the track relocation work before the rest of the train station project can get started.


Amtrak has “limited forces and we are competing to get those,” Granger said. “This is like painting your way out of a room. The track work must happen first and then we work our way out” to build the station, the parking, and eventually the extending of West Emaus Street to West Main Street.


Assuming the track work can begin within six months from now, it will take about two years to complete the entire project – including the Emaus Street extension and building a pedestrian bridge across Route 230 to connect Penn State Harrisburg with the station, and to provide a safe way for students and others to cross the busy highway.


The project completion time frame could be longer – up to two and one-half years, Granger estimated – if the project runs into a lot of bad weather or other obstacles, Granger noted. But once the track work is done, she expects the project to move quickly once it is in the hands of contractors.


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