Mills County eyes rail park development

Monday, October 22, 2018

(Glenwood) -- Mills County officials are hoping to lure more businesses and industries by rail.

The county's economic development foundation is working closely with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to develop what they call "world class" rail industrial parks. Speaking on KMA's "Morning Line" program Thursday morning, County Economic Development Director Rick Allely says two potential sites are targeted for rail development. One is located at the Eagle Crossing Business Park at the U.S. Highway 34/I-29 interchange.

"In the Eagle Park business park area," said Allely, "we master-planned 5,600 acre, and we have a little over 300 of that which is targeted for heavier rail usage."

Allely says the second potential location is referred to as the "Pacific Junction Rail Site."

"This 300-plus acres sets to the southeast of Eagle Crossing Business Park, on the southeast side of Pacific Junction," he said, "that has access, or potential access, to the main line east-west Burlignton Northern Santa Fe railroad, as well as the north-south BNSF route that connects Kansas City and Omaha."

Once the two parks are established, Allely says the county will be in better position to entice logistics industries, or warehouse distribution operations.

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