PIERRE — Another piece moved into place Wednesday for a new grain-loading terminal planned near Kimball.
The State Railroad Board approved an access agreement allowing the facility’s loop track, which will be 8,000 feet long, to connect to the state-owned rail line operated by Dakota Southern.
The terminal is planned by Chuck Jepson, of Harrold. He said it will handle about 2.5 million bushels and construction is planned to start this August.
The federal Transportation Department is providing $16 million to rebuild a state-owned railroad branch line from Mitchell to Chamberlain.
According to a Friday news release from U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., the project will allow the transportation of agricultural commodities in a more efficient manner, ultimately resulting in reduced transportation costs, less wear on local roads, less fuel consumed, additional long-term jobs, higher income for area farmers, development of storage and transportation facilities along the branch line and direct jobs resulting from the construction project.
October 16, 2010
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