- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Work is nearly finished on a $17 million facility in Davenport that will aid in the transfer of material from train to truck and vice versa.

Project manager Jim Benge told the Quad-City Times (https://bit.ly/1HOsS6t ) that the project is six weeks away from completion on 25 acres in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center. The city is funding around 20 percent of the project, with the rest being paid by federal and state grants, including a $7 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Crews last week poured hundreds of yards of concrete around a 13,000-square-foot warehouse built over the winter. Work began on the site last April under general contractor Langman Construction of Rock Island.

Benge said crews have laid 3.5 miles of new railroad track to the Central Pacific Railway line that parallels the U.S. 61 highway. Two railroad tracks wrap around the new facility and one runs straight through it. There are semi-trailer bays adjacent to the track’s opening.

Benge said he’s unsure how long material would be stored at any one time in the facility but added that it’s not meant to be a place for long-term storage. The tracks near the facility are lined underneath to catch and hold any hazardous materials in case of a spill and prevent materials from escaping into storm drains.

The city has chosen Savage Services Corp. of Schererville, Indiana, to operate the facility.

Davenport Public Works Director Mike Clarke said the city is “putting feelers out” on who wants to use the facility. He said he’s confident it will draw a lot of train and truck traffic.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com


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