HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Beginning Monday R. J. Corman Railroad Company alongside Horry County government will begin a nearly $18 million rehabilitation project on nearby railroads.
“Receiving this grant is a monumental accomplishment for the company and for the people of North and South Carolina,” R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC President and CEO, Craig King, said. “We all worked diligently to acquire this funding and these lines will see major improvements as a result. The company’s goal is to provide the best service in the industry to our customers. We are certain the completion of this project will allow us to continue to uphold that tradition and ultimately benefit the community.”
The grant, titled Moving the Carolinas Forward: A Rural Freight Rail Project, was originally awarded in July 2016. Officials say the project will focus on ‘improving the efficiency and speed of freight transportation in rural North and South Carolina’.
According to a release the construction costs are estimated at over $17.5 million: the TIGER funding, South Carolina’s commitment of $4.3 million and R. J. Corman’s contribution of $3.5 million will cover the cost of the entire project.
“Making the necessary repairs to the Carolina Lines will increase both their reliability and operating capacity. Improving the functionality of this railroad will allow R. J. Corman to better serve its current customers and attract new businesses to the area, which will ultimately bolster the region’s economy and create jobs,” said Congressman Tom Rice, of South Carolina’s Seventh District.
R. J. Corman says when it purchased the Carolina Lines in August of 2015, the track was in very poor condition and had not operated for five years.
Congressman Tom Rice, of South Carolina’s Seventh District, said that upgrading the lines would, “incentivize investment and therefore help diversify the economy with new industry.”