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A multiyear effort to restore service along New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway's (NYSW) Utica main line will continue this year starting with the removal of brush and other obstacles along 45.5 miles of right of way in Chenango County, N.Y.Frontier Railroad Services LLC of New Stanton, Pa., will begin the brush clearance today, which will allow access to damaged sections of track that are scheduled for repair during the 2016 construction season, said Chenango County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) officials in a press release.Starting in the Sherburne area, workers will fill washouts, resurface bridge decks, and make other repairs. The project's final phase will involve replacing several thousand crossties and reactivating crossing signals, agency officials said.When completed, the project will allow restoration of NYSW service between Binghamton and Utica, and will provide freight customers with access to both the Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX lines.NYSW's Utica Main Line was taken out of service after flooding in 2006 ruined the track. In 2011, the CCIDA obtained $772,000 in funding from the New York State Department of Transportation toward the rail line's repairs. That funding leveraged an additional $4.7 million in federal funds. The NYSW, Chenango County, Development Chenango Corp. and CCIDA are providing a total of more than $400,000 to complete the nonfederal match.Construction is expected to continue through June 2017.
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