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Intermodal facility officially named

Jan. 15, 2013 @ 10:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The long-planned intermodal facility along the Norfolk Southern railway in Prichard now has a name -- The Heartland Intermodal Gateway at Prichard.

Following a focus group meeting fheld last fall at the Rahall Transportation Institute, several names were recommended to the West Virginia Public Port Authority, which made the final selection, according to a news release from RTI.

The Heartland Intermodal Gateway at Prichard, where cargo will be transfered from rail to trucking and other forms of transportation, is being built off W.Va. 52 in Wayne County, along a stretch of railway that carries double-stacked rail cars from the Virginia coast to Chicago.

"The Intermodal Terminal site is comprised of approximately 100 acres located on a principle Norfolk Southern rail line and the Heartland Corridor, bordered by the Big Sandy River with access to highway U.S. 52/I73/74 corridor," said Robert "Bob" H. Plymale, director & CEO of the Rahall Transportation Institute. "The facility will offer industrial and warehousing space coupled with intermodal transportation access."

Mountaineer Contractors Inc. of Kingwood, W.Va., was awarded the contract in August to construct the new facility, and a groundbreaking is expected in 2013.

"This intermodal facility continues to be an important aspect of the economic development of the region," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in the news release. "This project has grown from an opportunity into a reality and will serve both the Prichard community and our state for years to come."

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