MEDOT/PAR: FRA Grants $17.5m To Upgrade Maine Mainline UPDATE: Scheduling, plus track, switch, crossing, signal upgrades

CRISI Grant to MEDOT will Upgrade Major Elements of 75-Mile Royal Jct. -- Waterville Stretch. Details of all Planned Upgrades Below.

12 June, Augusta ME – The FRA announced $326 million in grant funds under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program.

MEDOT was awarded $17,468,840 to improve traffic efficiency and safety along the former MCRR run between Mile 13.30 Royal Junction (Yarmouth) to Mile 85.53 Waterville.

The funds will pay for replacement of 37 miles of rail, upgrade 25 switches, modernize 89 grade crossings, replace deck timbers on eight bridges, extend an existing siding, and modernize signals {USDOT/FRA}.

Yarmouth – Waterville, ME

Former MCRR track provides rail access to central and northern Maine, Canadian Maritimes, New Hampshire, Vermont, Ontario, and Quebec. Upgrades will further relieve traffic pressure at Royal Jct. between freight and Amtrak Downeaster. {Google; annotated by ANRP } .


Estimated schedule: Plausible completion by 2Q-22 based on current status

Rail: Install 37 miles 115# (400,000 lf CWR, 260 joint-welded plugs)

Switches: Replace 25 existing with 115# packages

Signals: Modernize 3 existing interlockings, install 3 new interlockings, complete system between Leeds Jct. and Royal Jct.

Crossings: Reconstruct 47 road crossings to Class 2 condition

Bridges: Replace deck timbers on eight bridges

New Gloucester Siding: Add 4,800 ft of track for new siding length of 11,700 ft