WHAT'S GOING ON? ... on Milnor Road in Antrim Township?

The big machines have rolled in to prep the land for the Norfolk Southern intermodal facility.

Construction of the Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility  began in July. It should be complete in late 2012 or early 2013, according to Norfolk Southern vice president Rudy Husband.

He did not respond to email questions about specific details on what is going on along Milnor Road, where lots of dirt has been moved.  

Handwerks Contractors, Hummelstown, has many construction vehicles parked in a cleared lot nearby. Quite a bit of activity has occurred south of Milnor and east of the railroad tracks. Handwerks specializes in demolition, paving and excavation.

The Nelson Diller farm to the north is abandoned. The dairy farmer moved his operation to Fayetteville last year. The house stands, but the outbuildings are gone.

Groundbreaking for the terminal was held on the farm Oct. 19, with former Governor Edward G. Rendell present, as well as other dignitaries. Pennsylvania contributed $45 million to the $95 million project.

Norfolk Southern will eventually close Milnor, with cul-de-sacs on either side of the tracks. It will build a bridge over the rail line on Hykes Road. Antrim Township expects to spend about $3 million to widen that road to accommodate the additional traffic.