CSX building intermodal container terminal in eastern NC

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) – CSX has announced plans for a $150 million intermodal terminal in eastern North Carolina that will initially create 300 jobs.

The terminal, announced on Thursday, will be located between Selma and Micro off Interstate 95 in Johnston County and officials say it could help create as many as 1,500 jobs statewide in the future.

The terminal will transfer shipping containers between trucks and the trains including those serving the state’s ports in Morehead City and Wilmington.

Gov. Pat McCrory released a statement saying that enhancing freight movement through eastern North Carolina and the state’s ports is a key part of the state’s long-term transportation plan.

South Carolina opened a similar inland terminal in Greer, near Interstate 85, back in 2013.

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