Railroad improvement project underway in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

Railroad improvement project underway in Duluth

May 28, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 8:30 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A railroad improvement project is underway in Duluth to help the upper Midwest railway system move more efficiently.

Wednesday night the Duluth Economic Development Authority approved three resolutions selling small portions of land, between Commonwealth Avenue and Interstate 35 in Duluth to CN Railway in order to install a second track.

Spokespeople for CN say it's a bottleneck area for the rail system, making the 20 to 25 trains that come through each day suffer from repeated delays.

They say a secondary track would help keep trains moving.

"CN is one of the largest freight railroads in North America, so everything you can imagine being on a train we transport, whether that be agricultural products, or coal, or intermodal containers, or forest products and wood. It all moves right through here," said Patrick Waldron, public affairs manager for CN.

The venture is estimated to take two years, and project managers hope to begin construction this summer.