For Immediate Release
December 18, 2012
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has announced it will be funding the 11 mile rail restoration project between Plymouth and Kohler with over $17 million. The WisDOT purchased the rail line back in 2009, and expects to complete the project by the end of 2014.
Gary Dulmes, Chairman of the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC), was very pleased with the announcement stating, “The SCEDC is extremely pleased to have played a role in the collaborative effort to restore freight rail from Plymouth to Kohler. This project is fantastic for Sheboygan County as it not only creates new jobs but also offers an additional transportation alternative for local businesses.”
The rail restoration project is estimated at $19.1 million. The remaining funds will be provided by WSOR; cities of Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls; Sheboygan County; Bemis Manufacturing; Kettle Lakes Co-op, King Structures and Morrelle Transfer & Warehouse.
“This project represents the department’s multi-modal approach to addressing transportation needs in Wisconsin,” said department Secretary Mark Gottlieb. “We are pleased to partner with several businesses, local governments and organizations to move this project forward.”
The rail line servicing Plymouth to Sheboygan Falls has been out-of-service for over 20 years, while the Kohler to Sheboygan Falls corridor has been discontinued since 2006. This project is the first freight rail line that has been restored in the State of Wisconsin.
For additional information, please contact:
Gary Dulmes, Chairman
Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation