The Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) announced Wednesday they are the recipients of a planning grant.
The $80,000 allotment from the Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program will be used to study the relocation of the Burlington Junction Railway (BJRY) spur, currently located near Jefferson and Union Streets in downtown Ottumwa.
Sharon Stroh, executive director of OEDC, said her organization will be working closely with Burlington Junction and Area 15 Regional Planning Commission to ensure the study meets the long-term needs of potentially affected property owners and the community.
“The primary objective of the study is to investigate alternative locations for the rail spur that can offer
easier and safer access for tractor/trailers, more maneuverability outside the downtown reconstruction
area, and greater ability to meet customer demands. OEDC envisions this as a collaborative study and
recognizes the importance of maintaining BJRY services to our community,” Stroh said.
While the site of the relocated railway has yet to be determined, the press release did state the desired location would be closer to the industrialized areas on South Iowa Ave.