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Conrail's Port Richmond Grain Elevator to be Razed Sunday, Feb. 28; Interstate 95 to be Closed in Area Beginning at 7:50 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Demolition experts will use controlled explosives Sunday to remove the upper portion of the former grain elevator at Conrail's Port Richmond rail freight facilities. The detonation will require the closing of I-95 between Girard Avenue and Bridge Street, as well as local streets. The detonation is scheduled for about 8 a.m.

(Note to Editors: An advisory with information about the news media viewing area for Sunday follows this news release. The Philadelphia Police Department has issued a separate news release detailing I-95 and local street closing information.)

The main public viewing location will be at the corner of Allegheny and Delaware avenues. After 7:30 a.m., access to this area can only be gained by going south on Delaware Avenue from Castor Avenue or Venango Street.

Only the upper 135 feet of the 245-foot tall structure will be removed Sunday morning. The remainder of the heavily reinforced concrete structure will be demolished using conventional methods. Winzinger, Inc., of Philadelphia and Hainesport, N.J., is Conrail's contractor for the demolition project.

Most of Conrail's Port Richmond property remains in active use to serve the freight transportation needs of shippers along this section of the Philadelphia waterfront. The 200-acre Port Richmond site is used by shippers of various bulk commodities, including molasses, caustic soda, scrap metal, construction and paving materials, and petrochemicals. Conrail's tracks in Port Richmond must be used to access other nearby rail freight users, including the Tioga Marine Terminal. In addition, Conrail operates a repair shop on the property where track maintenance equipment and company motor vehicles are maintained.

The former Farmer's Exchange grain terminal included both storage silos and the workhouse/elevator structure, where grain was transferred to conveyors leading to the terminal's piers for loading on vessels for export. Winzinger began demolishing the 110 concrete silos last year with conventional wrecking equipment. Each of the concrete silos was approximately 17-feet in diameter and 115-feet high.

The Reading Railroad Company, one of Conrail's six predecessor railroads, built the grain storage and transfer facility in 1927 to handle grain exports. The last grain exports were handled in the mid-1970s. The facility briefly served as an export terminal for anthracite fines to Korea until the mid-1980s.

For more information contact Bob Libkind of Conrail Corporate Communications, 215-209-4594, or Heide Winzinger of Winzinger, Inc., 609-267-8600, Ext. 20. Conrail releases are archived on the World Wide Web:
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