UPRR High-Speed Rail, Tier 6 & 7
Owner: Union Pacific Railroad
Location: Joliet to Dwight, IL (Mile Post 37.0 – 74.0)
This $57 million project consists of grading, subballast, ballast, and track construction for a total of 14.5 miles of new track adjacent to Union Pacific’s mainline track at three separate locations spread over 37 miles. Scope of work includes:
- 293,000 CY of earthwork.
- 127,000 CY of subballast.
- Construction of new track (all on 20’ track centers): Joliet: 6.0 miles of new double track, Mazonia: 5.5 miles of new siding, Dwight: 3.0 miles of siding replacement in a 60 day siding outage.
- Demolition of 3 miles of existing siding track.
- 150’ extension of an existing 15.5’ diameter arch culvert.
- Construction of a soldier pile retaining wall and sheet pile retaining wall under an overhead roadway.
- Installation of 3,950 LF of jack & bore culverts at 31 locations ranging from 36” to 72”.
- Installation of 2,100 LF of Corrugated Steel Pipe culverts at 19 locations ranging from 36” to 72”.
- Installation of 4,300 tons of Rip Rap culvert protection.
- Demolition of 3 existing buildings.
- Reconstruction of 32 at-grade road crossings.
- Installation of 37,500 LF of ornamental fence.
- Reconstruction of 9 existing bridges: 1,400 LF of micro piles, 660 LF of drilled shafts, 4,500 LF of h-pile, 20 structural steel bridge units ranging from 68’-72’ long, Precast pile caps, end bents and wing walls (heaviest precast caps = 132,000 lbs).
Tier 6 & 7 Major Milestones
- Successfully completed pile driving for the new bridge through the existing structure at Mazon River during work windows with no delays to Amtrak service.
- Completed reconstruction of 7 bridges in 21 days at Mazon River, Jackson Creek, and 4th & 5th Avenues.
- Successfully completed grading and reconstruction of UPRR’s Pequot Main and Plaines Main tracks during a 5 day track outage. The completion and reopening during this period minimized service impacts to a coal fired power plant.
- Successfully partnered with Union Pacific Railroad, Wilson & Company (owner’s representative), HDR (real estate and project design), adjacent property owners, municipalities (City of Joliet, Village of Elwood, Will & Grundy Counties, and IDOT), Sprint Fiber Optic, and other utility owners to develop work around plans to continue construction in 2015 ahead of property acquisition.