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RailWorks, NARSTCO Kick Off Chicago Port Project


RailWorks and NARSTCO have kicked off a project with the Illinois International Port District (IIPD) to rehabilitate the infrastructure of a rail line owned by the port near Chicago.

Under terms of the project, RailWorks will replace old wood ties with new NARSTCO M8 steel ties on approximately 7,600  feet of track at the Illinois International Port District. NARSTCO will supply 2,300 ties for the project. Additional work from RailWorks includes replacement of 4 turnouts, ballast replacement, thermite weld, track raising and asphalt paving of grade crossings and embedded track. The rail portion of the project should be completed by June 2020.

“Improving the rail infrastructure near Butler Drive, coupled with the installation of NARSTCO steel ties, will help ensure efficient operations at this key regional transportation hub,” said Tom Jorczak, General Manager, RailWorks.

RailWorks and NARSTCO are part of Phase 1 of the two-phase project to revitalize and modernize the infrastructure in the area. The second phase involves improvements to the roads in and out of the complex.

The IIPD, located near the south west shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, is home to six of the seven North American Class I railroads.