Full steam ahead on repairs to South Orient Rail LineFull steam ahead on repairs to South Orient Rail Linehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=173912017-08-15T05:00:00Z2017-08-15T20:00:00Z

​​COLEMAN COUNTY – ​A $7 million federal grant will be used to rebuild the Presidio-Ojinaga International Rail Bridge and make repairs on the track that runs north to near Coleman. Map of the 391-mile South Orient Rail Line

The Texas Department of Transportation was awarded the grant as part of a public-private partnership to replace the bridge, which was closed in 2008 after a fire, and reconstruct 72 miles of track on the state-owned South Orient Rail Line. 

The South Orient Rail Line is a 391-mile line running from Presidio through San Angelo to just south of Coleman.

  • 391—miles the South Orient Rail Line runs from Presidio to south of Coleman.
  • 2008—year Presidio-Ojinaga bridge closed after being damaged by fire, blocking one of seven rail gateways between the U.S. and Mexico.
  • 72—miles of track, bridge and draining improvement funded from the border to Alpine.
  • 16.2—amount of money-in millions-needed to complete the public-private rehabilitation of the South Orient Rail Line.​
Abilene Reporter-News
Infrastructure & Transportation
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