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SC moves closer to starting construction on Southbridge rail spur

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A new rail spur for the Southbridge Industrial Park could be near the old 27 Flags golf course. A new rail spur for the Southbridge Industrial Park could be near the old 27 Flags golf course.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Sioux City could take another step toward a new rail spur to serve the growing Southbridge Business Park. If council approves a $2 million grant on Monday, the project will have $5 million, and the design phase can begin.

Economic development director, Marty Dougherty, says an additional grant for the project is still pending, and the city hopes to make an announcement on that, soon. The city was approached with the grant earlier this year, but now an environmental study is done and an agreement has been written up for council's approval.

City leaders say a railroad will be important for businesses in Southbridge, who can save on fuel by using rail transportation.

"It's heavy construction and having a federal and state rail grant is important to use those to match each other, and it's a key element in us being able to afford to do this project," said Marty Dougherty, economic development director for the city of Sioux City.

The railroad would be built near the old 27 Flags Golf Course. City leaders say once the design is approved later this year, they hope to start construction by late fall, or early next year.

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