RailWorks Corp., North America’s leader in rail track construction and maintenance services, through one of its operating subsidiaries, is enhancing freight rail and light rail transit infrastructure in metropolitan Minneapolis.
RailWorks, teaming with Delta Joint Venture company,will construct a new 14.5-mile double track light rail track that will operating from Southwest Station in Eden Prairie, Minn., to Target Field Station in Minneapolis. Work on the project includes more than 110,500 TF ballasted track; more than 29,000 TF direct fixation on the structure; more than 6,900 TF direct fixation in tunnel; and more than 3,500 TF embedded, special trackwork and crossings.
Additionally, RailWorks and its JV partner will inspect and maintain a roughly 5-mile section of Twin Cities & Western (TC&W) Railroad Track that lies adjacent to the new light rail tracks. The enhancements to the existing freight line will also create some additional space for the new light rail tracks.
“The new infrastructure constructed and maintained by RailWorks and its JV partner in Minneapolis will enable the efficient transport of freight and passengers in the region for years to come,” said Kevin Riddett, RailWorks President and CEO. The RailWorks JV portion of the contract is $85 million. Work on the existing freight rail will begin this spring, and the construction of the new light rail tracks will start in 2020. The complete project will wrap up in 2022.