Construction is underway on Norfolk Southern Corp.’s $97.5 million Birmingham Regional Intermodal Facility, a freight link between the Gulf Coast and the Northeast.
The terminal, on a 316-acre site in McCalla, Ala., is expected to open in late 2012. Over the next 10 years, Norfolk-based Norfolk Southern says it’s expected to create or enhance 8,600 jobs in central Alabama.
The new facility is part of Norfolk Southern’s Crescent Corridor. That’s a program of independent projects and improvements designed to create a high-capacity, 2,500-mile intermodal route from New Jersey to Louisiana. According to the company, the multi-state, $2.5 billion corridor provides the shortest intermodal double-stack route between the South and the Northeast. When fully operational, it’s expected to divert 1.3 million long-haul trucks from the interstates.
In addition to the McCalla facility, corridor projects include new intermodal facilities in Charlotte, N.C., Greencastle, Pa., and Memphis, Tenn.; the expansion of the Harrisburg, Pa., intermodal terminal and the addition of freight rail capacity in Virginia and Mississippi.
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