Best of New Mexico: Rail Runner Express - Phase II
Adding 50 miles of service to its territory, Phase II of the Rail Runner Express has already exceeded usage projections, with almost 4,800 riders using the train per day. Completed in 14 months with a budget of $128 million and an impressive safety program, the Express splits from an existing BNSF line north of Bernalillo and runs five miles through Waldo Canyon. The train then seamlessly enters the median by traversing through the south pair of CBRs and underneath northbound I-25. The CBRs allow the Express to run underneath I-25, and have an added benefit of being a more cost-effective measure that is also more aesthetically appealing to the public.
Key project elements included six concrete girder ballasted-deck railroad bridges, two railroad passing sidings, one highway bridge overpass, five innovative CBRs and six LTSs built over existing drainage culverts. The unique approach to construction proved to be financially and aesthetically successful. The judges were impressed with the project’s safety program and contribution to the community.
Owner: N.M. Dept. of Transportation
Design Firm: HNTB Corp.
General Contractor: Kiewit New Mexico Co/Herzog, a Joint Venture
Engineers: Vector Engineering; Terracon Consultants
Subcontractors: Schnabel Foundation; Ribbonweld; Dustrol; Vae Nortrack North America; Coreslab Structures; Four Corners Pre-Cast; Lafarge; Maccaferri; Materials Inc.; Nevada Railroad Material; Reinforced Earth Co.; Rock Con