WILMINGTON -- Rail traffic through the port of Wilmington will flow more smoothly thanks to an additional rail siding. A partnership between the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Ports Authority, and the Wilmington Terminal Railroad is making the addition possible. A Golden Spike ceremony marked the completion of the mile-long rail siding on the port. Representatives from the involved departments drove golden spikes into the new track. The siding, which will allow trains to be stopped off to the side of the track, will relieve congestion and increase storage capacity in the port. Patrick Simmons of the North Carolina DOT Rail Division said, "It's a great example of a public/private partnership and of the state government working with private companies to make investment. We've made the investment here that will service local marketplace customers as well as provide access to markets across the state." The project cost about $800,000. Most of that money comes from the ports and the rest from a DOT grant program.
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