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Third track slated to be built by 2012 in Stafford remains on pause while feds and CSX negotiate requirements. Project is one of 19 other railroad corridor improvement projects in Virginia.


Date published: 5/4/2012

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Milde also called the third track a "major piece of the puzzle" for the railroad corridor improvements.

He doesn't like it that the Arkendale project has been held up, saying federal authorities changed the rules and that the performance requirements don't make sense.

"It's unfair to put standards on this section when the entire corridor plays into the performance of the section," he said. "It's undoable. It makes you wonder if [federal authorities] are trying to figure a way to get out of it."

Drake, however, doesn't see it that way.

"Everybody is trying to work their way through it," she said.

If there is no agreement by September, the stimulus money could be lost.

If that happens, the project would be delayed further, VRE spokesman Mark Roeber said.

But, he added, "It's one of those projects that will happen."

If CSX and federal authorities strike an agreement, work could begin immediately, Drake said.

"We're ready to go."

Whatever happens, don't expect the new third track soon. It will take two to three years to build it.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436
Email: sshenk@freelancestar.com


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THIRD TRACK MOVING AHEAD

Plans for the new Virginia Railway Express station and third track in Spotsylvania ran into some issues related to the high-speed rail corridor plans, too, but all appears to be good now.

"We're in excellent position," said Gary Skinner, a member of the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors and the VRE Operations Board. "Everything is moving along great."

He said funding is in place and a construction agreement has been reached between VRE and CSX Transportation and that he still expects the project to be complete by the fall of 2013.

The project, which will add a station and 2.6-mile third track to connect to the main line, will be built in the Crossroads Industrial Park off the U.S. 17 bypass.