Posts Tagged ‘railroad bridges’

Rail Partnership Reached in Virginia

April 9, 2021

Agreements have been reached on a $3.7 million partnership to expand rail passenger service in Virginia.

The parties to the pact, CSX, Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express, will work toward improving passenger, commuter, and freight railroad service in the state.

The improvements include construction of a new $1.9 billion, double-track bridge over the Potomac River to handle passenger and commuter trains. The existing bridge will be used only for freight trains.

The state plans to acquire 386 miles of rail right-of-way and 223 miles of track from CSX with an eye toward passenger service expansion over the next decade.

In some instances freight and passenger operations will have their own dedicated routes in the Interstate 95 corridor.

State officials said this will lay the groundwork for a high-speed route into North Carolina.

Grants Awarded in Connecticut, New Jersey for Passenger Rail Improvements

October 28, 2020

Connecticut received $144.9 million in federal grants for bridge replacement in Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

The grants are from the State of Good Repair Program.

One grant of $79.7 million to the Connecticut Department of Transportation and Amtrak will be used to replace the Walk Bridge in Norwalk, a movable bridge built in 1896.

It will be replaced with two-track vertical lift bridges. The project also involves improvements to bridge supports and retaining walls, catenary structures, and signal systems.

The other grant, for $65.2 million, will help fund replacement of the 113-year-old Connecticut River Bridge between Old Lyme and Old Saybrook with a new bascule bridge just south of the existing structure.

New Jersey Transit will receive a $27 million grant to renovate the Trenton Transit Center.

The work involves rebuilding the station’s two island platforms, restoring the canopies for those platforms, and bringing the facility into compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act standards.

Construction of a high-level platform with an elevator will enable expansion by Amtrak, NJ Transit, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

The current wood platforms will be replaced with concrete surfaces.

Another grant of $9.8 million went to North County Transit District in California for signal and crossing upgrades.

Commissions Get Bridge Replacement Plans

May 21, 2020

The harbor commissions of the Connecticut towns of Old Saybrook and Old Lyme have received proposals to replace a century-old bridge on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor over the Connecticut River.

Amtrak plans to spend $400 million to replace a bascule bridge constructed in 1907 with a new bascule bridge that would be located 52 feet south of the current bridge.

The commissions in both cities have been asked to determine whether the proposed project is consistent with their harbor management plans.

The commission in Old Saybrook has signaled that it agrees with the proposal and suggested two river closure periods that would occur outside of boating season.

It also wants Amtrak to consider reuse of the current roadbad as a public access point.

The commission in Old Lyme has yet to act on the proposal, saying it needs further information.

Public Hearing Set on Long Bridge Project in Washington

September 7, 2019

Public comment is being sought on a proposed project to rebuild the Long Bridge over the Potomac River between Washington and Virginia.

The bridge is used by Amtrak, Virginia Railway Express, Norfolk Southern and CSX and is the only railroad crossing of the river between the district and Virginia.

The Federal Railroad Administration and District of Columbia Department of Transportation recently completed a draft environmental impact statement regarding the project.

A public hearing will be held on Oct. 22 and comments are being accepted through Oct. 28.

The bridge is owned by CSX and the project will involve either rebuilding or replacing the two-track bridge, which was built in 1904.

The study examined a 1.8-mile section between RO Interlocking near Long Bridge Park in Arlington, Virginia, and the L’Enfant Interlocking near 10th Street SW in Washington.

Grant to Rebuild Bridge Used by Amtrak

June 16, 2019

A federal grant will be used to repair a bridge over the Mississippi River used by Amtrak trains.

The grant of $28.8 million was awarded by the Federal Railroad Administration to the

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis to rebuild the MacArthur Bridge over the Mississippi River.

Completed in 1917, the bridge carries Amtrak’s Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains and it’s the primary rail crossing of the river at St. Louis.

The work will involve replacement of the main span girders on 677-foot structure.

The project cost of $57.3 million project will also be shared by the five Class I railroads serving St. Louis.

The grant will come from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements program.

The FRA had in 2017 awarded $7.1 million to replace the west approach to the bridge, the Broadway Street Truss.

Officials said the rebuilding will extend the life of the bridge to 2085 and bring the structure up to current standards.

New Bridge Opens in San Diego

February 16, 2018

An Amtrak Pacific Surfliner was the first train to cross a new 900-foot bridge over the San Diego River that is part of the San Diego River Double Track project being sponsored by the The San Diego Association of Governments.

The project is seeking to boost passenger and freight rail service in the area, and it will involve building a parallel bridge that will allow for a continuous, 7-mile double-track segment from Garnet Avenue/Balboa Avenue to the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino.

The current San Diego River bridge is the only single-track segment south of Balboa Avenue in San Diego County.

The project cost is $93.9 million, with some funding coming from California State Transportation Agency. The project is expected to be finished in 2019.

Soaring Over the Huron River

December 6, 2017

Amtrak train No. 350 crosses over the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on a recent Sunday afternoon.

The first Wolverine Service train of the day out of Chicago arrived in Ann Arbor a few minute early on this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The dam in the background is one of four in the city on the Huron River and the only one that still produces electricity.