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Railroad expansion could bring savings to Altoona development

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Altoona (WQOW) - An expansion of a railroad yard could provide a huge savings for the city of Altoona.

The Union Pacific Railroad is planning an expansion of its rail yard in Altoona because of the growing frac sand industry. The project would require about 180,000 cubic yards of dirt to be excavated.  The Altoona City Council voiced interest in obtaining that dirt to use as fill for the River Prairie development.

The city hadn't previously thought about changing the grade at the sites because of a potential cost of about $1 million.  If an agreement is reached, Altoona could get the dirt for free.  "What we would like to do is fill in that lower area as much as we can in order to bring the grade up and improve the visibility for those businesses as well as to flatten out the site to make it more development ready," said City Administrator Mike Golat.

No agreement has been finalized, but if the dirt is hauled there, trees would have to be cut down for the site to be graded.

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