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The rail-truck cargo transfer facility under development in northern Wayne County has a formal name: the Heartland Intermodal Gateway at Prichard.

The West Virginia Public Port Authority recently approved the name, according to a news release issued Jan. 15 by the Rahall Transportation Institute at Marshall University. The name was selected from three that a group of stakeholders in the project chose in September.

A ground breaking is expected this year, according to the RTI news release. A 16- to 18-month construction cycle is estimated for site preparation and terminal construction as well as industrial road and bridge construction over the Heartland Corridor into the terminal site.

The intermodal facility will allow container cargo to be transferred between Norfolk Southern trains on the railroad's Heartland Corridor from Norfolk to Chicago.