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Plans for $60 Million Erie Rail Freight Terminal

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Plans were officially unveiled today for a proposed $60 million freight transportation facility in Harborcreek Township. It is part of the Inland Port Project. The Economic Development Corporation is taking the lead role in the project.

 Plans call for the terminal to be built near Walbridge Road near the main CSX rail line linking New York City to the mid-west. The terminal will allow freight to be moved between trains and trucks.

 The agency has purchased the property that includes a self storage facility. Construction is expected to start next fall, with the terminal set to open in 2016. Supporters think it will boost the regional economy.

 John Elliott of the EDC said, "It really creates efficiencies for businesses that are here and it creates opportunities to attract the kind of businesses that we want to see locate in Erie County."

 But Harborcreek Supervisors are worried the project might cause big traffic problems because of the large number of trucks that will use the facility.

 Supervisor Tim May said, "It is going to certainly affect our commercial corridor but township-wide in general we are very concerned about that."

 Planners say they know traffic is a concern. And they plan to address it.

 Elliott said, "We will systematically address that with solid studies and facts."

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