The rail connection and demand for steel
Constructing the Alaska Canada rail connection will likely result in a demand for steel production in excess of 1 million tons. In a Feb. 2002 estimate, Koumal figures the 1,200-mile link (2,112,000 yards) will require:
1. 654,720 tons for rail tracks
2. 163,680 tons for sidings and marshalling yards
3. 12,672 tons for rail fittings
4. 12,672 tons for concrete reinforcement
5. 140,800 tons for cables and pylons
6. 60,000 tons for bridges and culverts, and
7. 110,880 tons for concrete tie rebar and steel ties.
"An order of this magnatude would have a tremendous impact on the domestic steel industry," Koumal said, in a letter to Rep. James.
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