It looks like the railroad ties are on the way back.
In a few months, a handful of major contractors will start putting up ties to the landscape of Liberty, a small town just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
For a city that’s been the site of some of the worst flooding in recent memory, it’s a welcome step toward rebuilding the area.
The city’s water board announced the new work Thursday.
The ties, which are the largest in the country, are a collaboration between the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Pennsylvania State Parks and Recreation Authority.
“They’re a partnership between us, which is a state agency, and they’re a collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources,” Pennsylvania State Water Board Chair David Schmitt said in an interview.
The State Parks Authority has also made several similar partnerships with private contractors.
And the projects will likely cost about $1.5 million each.
But this project will cost more than that, said Chris Condon, a partner with The Water Company of America, the city’s contractor.
It’s an ambitious project that’s expected to cost at least $8 million to $10 million, Condon said.
He said the ties will be made from reclaimed wood that is “totally recycled” and “the materials that will be used to construct them will be locally sourced.”
The ties will sit on a 1,800-acre parcel.
The project will include cutting the ties, installing them, and then attaching them to the land.
The first tie is expected to be finished in September.
Then the city will work with a third company to complete a fourth tie, Cengo said.
The company that’s putting up the ties says it will be up and running by the end of the year.
In addition to putting up new ties, the City Council on Thursday approved a $6 million grant to pay for landscaping work at Liberty.
Cengos said the city hopes to build up to five additional landscaping trees on the property.
A $1 million grant will pay for the first tree, and $3 million will go toward new plants.
“We want to make sure that we do a good job at the landscaping because it’s important for the city and for the people living here,” Cengs said.
“I think that the whole thing is a good start.”