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Associated Press, Published August 20 2012

Work to start soon on Devils Lake rail raise

BISMARCK, N.D. — The federal government is putting a project to raise flood-prone railroad tracks in the Devils Lake region on the fast track.

The Transportation Department late last year awarded $10 million for the rail improvements in the flooded Devils Lake region. The project is among four transportation projects that President Barack Obama on Monday said would be expedited to improve aging transportation infrastructure. The others are in Maine, Oregon and Washington. Other projects will be announced later.

The $100 million project in North Dakota will raise about 15 miles of track that is owned by BNSF Railway but also used by Amtrak passenger trains that travel between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.

The White House says federal reviews will be done over the winter and construction is expected next summer.

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