Mega Rail Groundbreaking
[WOODSTOCK, GA, March 23, 2018—] Astra Group, Inc., team members were on site for Georgia Port Authority’s (GPA) Mason Mega Rail Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, March 27th at the Garden City Terminal. Attendees were greeted by Griff Lynch, Executive Director, and Jimmy Allgood, Board Chairman, as well as other members of the GPA Leadership Team, GPA Board Members, Mayors from Garden City and Savannah, and staff from Norfolk Southern and CSX.
“We have formed a great partnership with Georgia Ports Authority and look forward to delivering a successful project that affects not only the local economy, but also enhances the Port of Savannah which is an economic engine for the State of Georgia,” said Andrew Lindsay, President of Astra Group, Inc.
In January, Astra received its Notice to Proceed for the civil infrastructure portion of the $128 million rail expansion for the Port of Savannah’s International Multi-Modal Connector (IMMC) project at the Garden City Terminal in Garden City, Ga. This $35 million civil infrastructure project consists of providing soil improvements, earthwork, drainage and erosion control within and adjacent to the James D. Mason Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF), the realignment of a portion of Pipemakers Canal, installation of two (2) structures across the realigned canal to accommodate future rail tracks, and the installation of a bridge across the canal for maintenance. Part of the project is funded by FASTLANE, a federal grant program, that requires expedited delivery of infrastructure projects to support the growth of the economy and encourages use of American products.
The two (2) rail bridges across Pipemakers Canal will ultimately connect the Chatham and Mason rail yards, operated by CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads. This Mega Rail project will allow 10,000-foot trains to be loaded on terminal with containers double-stacked. The trains will increase the capacity from 500,000 container lifts per year to 1 million when the project is finished.
“The Mason Mega Rail project will expand rail capacity by 100 percent while reducing impact on the local community and throughout the supply chain,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.
The entire project is estimated for completion by the end of 2020.
“This project is a game changer,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “Our team estimates the Mason Mega Rail Terminal will slash rail time to the Midwest by a good 24 hours, and present a viable new option for many manufacturers, shippers and logistics professionals.”
Allgood said unit trains make direct routes to distant markets more profitable for the railroads, which is a major factor in how the new capabilities of the Mason Mega Rail terminal will improve Savannah’s reach.
Astra Group, Inc., is a leader in Southeast in the delivery of general contracting and job order contracting to private, commercial, government and municipal entities. We operate from our headquarters in Woodstock with other offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and Tampa, Florida, employing more than 140 people with revenues of more than $100 million. We are comprised of three divisions – Astra Group, Inc., Astra Grading and Pipe, LLC, and Astra Construction Services, LLC. www.astragroupinc.com
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