NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today that Spring City has been awarded a grant to construct a rail spur to serve the Spring City Industrial Park.  The grant was approved as part of the Competitive Rail Connectivity Grants  program distributed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  

“This grant for a new rail spur is great news for Spring City,” said Senator Yager. “It will increase economic opportunities for the industrial park, and I am pleased the application for the grant was approved.  I appreciate the work of local officials to secure these funds.”

Norfolk Southern provides rail access within .2 miles from the Industrial Park and is one of the fastest, most direct routes along Norfolk’s Crescent Corridor.  The Spring City Industrial Park has a total of 61.39 unoccupied acres of which 20 acres of the property is almost pad ready.  

The grant program seeks to strategically expand rail access and opportunities within the State of Tennessee. Rail expansion benefits the state by creating new jobs and increasing capital investment from industries that require rail access. It also enhances the marketability of available industrial sites and reduces highway and bridge maintenance costs by diverting heavy freight from the roadway network to rail.