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CRANDIC Railway completes Cedar River Bridge

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CEDAR RAPIDS (NEWS RELEASE) - July 6, 2009 - The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway Company (CRANDIC) has completed construction of the new Cedar River Bridge. The $9 million structure replaces the 1903 bridge destroyed by floodwaters in June 2008.

"It's amazing what we've accomplished in the past 54 weeks," said CRANDIC Vice President and General Manager, Kevin Burke. "We completed a complicated tear down and construction project without injury, more or less on schedule. The bridge exceeds our expectations and will serve us well for many years."

The new ballast-deck bridge has a distinctly different look from its predecessor and features many enhancements. Burke says the bottom chord of the bridge is roughly two feet higher and rests on nine reinforced piers. "Though there are more piers than the previous bridge, the overall pier width is 4.5 feet narrower."

Motorists traveling near the downtown area will see a gradual increase in train traffic on the CRANDIC line. "Local industries as well as regional railroads are still dealing with the effects of the flood. We don't anticipate seeing pre-flood railcar traffic levels for some time," Burke explained.

To date, CRANDIC has received one grant to cover costs associated with flood damage -$6.96 million from the Federal Railroad Administration for the bridge rebuild and signal repair. The railroad sustained $11 million in total flood damages.

CRANDIC, an Alliant Energy Transportation company, owns and operates more than 100 miles of main line and switching track in four east central Iowa counties. CRANDIC has thrived for more than 100 years as a valuable business partner to eastern Iowa shippers, providing safe and efficient freight service 365 days per year. For more information, visit www.crandic.com.

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