LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) - New life could revitalize part of western New York’s industrial past. Crews have finally moved rail tracks away from the Old Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna. The tracks were hindering access to the site.
The project includes installing approximately two miles of rail track in the north-south direction of the site.The move frees up about 300 acres of land for redevelopment and new investment.
Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy teamed up County Executive Mark Poloncarz and other elected officials Wednesday to announce the progress.
In a press release Duffy said, “This project will enable a more efficient rail system by removing old barriers, providing better rail service, and will even open up 400 acres for redevelopment. Governor Cuomo recognizes the economic opportunities afforded by underutilized industrial sites here in Western New York, and I laud his leadership in continuing to inject revitalization into the entire Lake Erie waterfront.”
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