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Published December 18, 2011, 09:00 PM

Threatened rail stretch in North Dakota gets federal boost

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The federal Transportation Department has awarded $10 million for rail improvements in the Devils Lake region.

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The federal Transportation Department has awarded $10 million for rail improvements in the Devils Lake region.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the grant is part of $511 million being awarded to 46 transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico.

The North Dakota money will go toward a $100 million project to raise about 15 miles of BNSF Railway track between Devils Lake and Churchs Ferry to guard against Devils Lake flooding. The track is essential to Amtrak service in the region.

North Dakota's congressional delegation said earlier this year that Amtrak and BNSF Railway both had pledged to pay one-third of the cost of saving the threatened track. That means about $75 million has been secured so far.

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