The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced the completion of the Port of Wilmington Rail Improvement Project. The nearly $3 million project, jointly developed by Norfolk Southern Railway (NSR), Autoport, and the Diamond State Port Corporation, added side tracks of one-half a mile off the NSR mainline, expanding the handling capacity for Autoport, Inc., from about 60 to 90 railcars.
The he project allows double-stacking of rail cars.
Autoport, located adjacent to the Port of Wilmington, handles imports and exports of motor vehicles as well as regional distribution. Vehicles are delivered by rail by Norfolk Southern Railway, provides a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to auto carrier trucks along Delaware highways.
The new spur crosses Lambson’s Lane, where the existing main line was in poor condition. The project includes a new improved grade crossing as well as enhanced modernized signals. While the new side track serves Autoport exclusively, the one-half mile spur shifts trains off the Norfolk Southern main track, so deliveries no longer interfere with other trains.