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UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD

$1.32 million will support rail hub improvements

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Doña Ana County has received $1.32 million for preliminary engineering and federal environmental review for a grade-separated overpass above the Union Pacific Railroad line at the northern entrance of two industrial parks in Santa Teresa.

The intermodal Union Pacific property sits on 2,200-acres and cost $417 million when it was originally constructed.

The appropriation is part of $6.9 million in Department of Transportation (DoT) grants to the state.

Doña Ana County will use the grant to manage the expanded traffic at the Santa Teresa industrial parks, which are in close proximity to the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, which is one of the busiest ports of entry on the U.S./Mexico border.

"Investing in New Mexico's rail infrastructure is vital to our economic recovery and future growth opportunities," said Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. “As our state continues to grow as an international trade center, Santa Teresa has tapped into the potential of our border region’s unique binational economy to create jobs and tremendous new opportunities for businesses in Southern New Mexico.”

“Despite challenges from COVID-19, we’ve seen border communities like Santa Teresa drive economic growth and recovery in southern New Mexico. This timely investment will help ensure our infrastructure at Santa Teresa Industrial Park is safe and secure, in addition to managing increased traffic,” said Rep. Xochitl Torres Small. “Trade at our southern border continues to strengthen our state’s economy, and it’s a priority of mine to secure the necessary investments and resources to facilitate trade while also keeping New Mexicans safe.”

In addition to the funding aimed for Doña Ana County, the DoT also allotted $5,629,610 for infrastructure and safety improvements on the route of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief between Trinidad, Colorado, and Madrid, N.M., located between Lamy and Albuquerque.