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TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) – Eighty miles of railway between Foley, Florida and Adel, Georgia will be rehabilitated thanks to a $8.67 million grant.

Congressman Neal Dunn announced the Department of Transportation will award a federal grant of $8.67 million to Taylor County to rehabilitate 80 miles of critical railway between the two cities.

“These railway improvements will mean improved economic and job opportunities in Taylor County, and I will continue to be a leading voice for the people I am honored to represent,” Dr. Dunn said.

The improvements funded by the grant include upgrades to 19 warning devices at grade crossings, building 90 public and private grade crossing surfaces, hardening 16 bridges, and installing 70 crossties and 80 miles of rail.

The Georgia & Florida Railway uses the line to connect the Georgia-Pacific cellulose mill near Perry, Florida to markets throughout the southeastern United States and beyond.

The funding is awarded through the federal Competitiveness & Employment by Rail (CEBYR) program.