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Hidden waterline adds to cost of new rail line at Bethlehem Steel complex

Building a new rail line to serve companies in a redeveloped portion of the Bethlehem Steel complex in Lackawanna will cost about $650,000 more than expected.

The 14 percent increase in costs is due to the discovery of an old water line beneath part of the new rail line's route. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency is overseeing the project, but the additional funding will come from Erie County, with the County Legislature expected to vote on the allocation on Thursday.

Design and engineering work has started on the project, with construction expected to start in May.

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