RailWorks completed a $1.8 million project to reconstruct four, double-track crossings for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.
The project, completed between April and July of 2010, involved the light rail system's Blue and Green lines. It called for seven, 56-hour outages to remove and replace the track structure and to install new under-drains, curbing, curb ramps, sidewalks and asphalt paving approaches to the new crossings.
RailWorks installed a total of 990 feet of Oldcastle Precast's StarTrack® II heavy duty crossing panels with new 115#RE welded rail to complete the new track and crossing work.
During the first 56-hour outage at the initial crossing, RailWorks replaced both the crossing and about 130 feet of approach track, including new restraining rails. Twenty-four workers – two crews by day and two by night – were able to complete the work and return the tracks to service on time.
Two of the three remaining crossings were reconstructed one side at a time per weekend, with time during the week allowing for completion of the general civil work for the roads and sidewalks. These crossings are tangent, each 140 feet in length.
At the final site, each crossing is just over 127 feet long and in a curve.