- Site survey
- Project design and specifications
- Geotechnical investigation and design
- Construction inspection
- Right-of-way survey, plats and legals
- Utility relocation coordination
CSX Transportation maintains a major rail yard known as Barr Yard in Riverdale, Illinois, adjacent to Blue Island. Blue Island Junction, a crossing of CSXT with the Indiana Harbor Belt and the Canadian National Railroad accommodates approximately 130 trains per day. To relieve congestion and expedite rail traffic on all carriers in the area, CSXT selected URS to design and prepare construction documents and assist in overseeing the construction of a third track from Barr Yard to Blue Island Junction. The second phase of the project included the replacement and realignment of track and turnouts in the Blue Island Junction area.
Because of the volume of rail traffic through the junction, scheduling was critical. Originally scheduled for a 28-day period, work was accomplished in a record 11 days. Such cooperation and efficient coordination between URS and all players resulted in completing the design and construction of the project on time and under budget, exceeding the expectations of CSX and earning URS national recognition for engineering excellence.