Buzzi Unicem USA
- Installed 14,842 track feet using concrete ties
- Installed nine wood-tie turnouts
RailWorks crews added new track and turnouts to create additional car storage capacity at Buzzi Unicem USA’s cement manufacturing plant in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
RailWorks expanded Buzzi Unicem’s rail car storage space in its Cape Girardeau, Missouri, plant by installing 14,842 track feet on concrete ties, and nine wood-tie turnouts (eight No. 9’s and a No. 11)
Two crews worked on the new rail yard, building one track at a time, unloading and spacing concrete ties followed by installing and clipping rail. Crews spent approximately three months building tracks between eight switch sets, beginning with the northernmost and longest track and working their way southward. The first two tracks were built on an accelerated scheduled to meet the owner’s deadlines.
Crews used a Cat 330 excavator and hydraulic tie jig made for unloading and placing concrete ties straight off of the delivery trucks. The jig handles six ties at a time, and when set on the ground, all six ties are properly spaced at 26” centers.
The Cape Girardeau plant is one of eight Buzzi Unicem USA locations that produce about 8.5 million metric tons of Portland and specialty cements annually.