Objective Excellence

Crouch Engineering goes beyond the normal bridge inspection and rehabilitation design process, using creative solutions and creative designs to reduce bridge repair costs and eliminate or reduce long term bridge maintenance costs.

Bridge Project Management

Crouch Engineering performs full service bridge and structural design for many railroads across the United States. Crouch Engineering has a national reputation for providing cost effective, efficient, independent (unbiased) bridge inspections. Because Crouch Engineering is not a Contractor, we have no vested interest in finding defects and recommending component replacements. In fact, Crouch Engineering goes beyond the normal bridge inspection and rehabilitation design process, using creative solutions and creative designs to reduce bridge repair costs and eliminate or reduce long term bridge maintenance costs.

Crouch Engineering will determine the safest, most efficient, constructible bridge repair, and judge your bridge conditions with expertise, experience, and confidence. Services include, but are not limited to the following:

  • FRA compliant annual Railroad Bridge Inspections
  • Highway Bridge Inspections
  • FRA and individual state compliant Railroad Bridge Load Capacity Ratings
  • Preparation of Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) compliant Bridge Management Programs
  • New Railroad Bridge Design conforming to Railroad and AREMA Guidelines
  • New Highway Bridge Design conforming to AASHTO Guidelines
  • Bridge Approach design
  • Retaining Wall Design
  • Railroad Bridge Rehabilitation Project Design and Construction Project Management
  • Bridge Construction Project Management
  • Emergency Bridge Inspections (following fire, flood, or impacts)

Crouch Engineering, PC routinely prepares and updates Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) compliant railroad Bridge Management Plans for railroads conforming to FRA Rules; performs annual railroad and highway bridge inspections; and, calculates railroad bridge load ratings for 286k and 315k car loadings on hundreds of timber, steel and concrete railroad bridges, and other drainage structures.

Studies are routinely conducted to plan for future maintenance, rehabilitation, or replacement requirements, including scopes of work, and preliminary opinions of probable construction cost. Crouch Engineering uses its SmartLine proprietary load rating program coupled with a rugged field PC for quick, reliable collection of data and evaluation of structures.

The SmartLine Bridge Program was developed in response to the new FRA Bridge Rules. The program provides for collection of bridge inspection field data in a manner consistent with FRA requirements. Within the program, bridge load ratings are calculated for many types of railroad bridges. More complicated structures, such as through truss bridges or deck truss bridges are evaluated by Crouch using dynamic three-dimensional modeling software that models loads and reactions as train loads move across each span.

Crouch Engineering, P.C. has performed annual bridge inspections for many railroads throughout the US, and has evaluated bridges for condition and load rating in Canada and Australia. Crouch is to go-to bridge engineer for many railroads from coast to coast.

Crouch Engineering routinely prepares project scopes of work including planning, surveys, bridge inspections, bridge design, plan production, printing, cost estimating, material purchasing, environmental design and permit applications, writing specifications, bond forms, bid forms, bid documents, and all other necessary forms and legal advertisements required, conducting the bid (tender) process, construction phase engineering and construction project management services for the repair, rehabilitation, maintenance, replacement, or construction of railroad and highway bridges.

 

Bridge Project Management Projects by Crouch Engineering

Bridge Replacement over Highway 100

A low load rating along with poor timber piles and stringers made Bridge 36.6 over Highway 100 a good candidate for replacement. With limited available funds, Crouch Engineering had the task of designing a replacement bridge that could be built under traffic. The first phase of the project was to fill the 96-foot long south approach and build a new abutment. The second phase involved constructing new concrete bents with steel rolled beam girders, and a new deck plate girder over the highway, with precast concrete deck panels. The track over the bridge, and the bridge itself was upgraded to 286k, Cooper’s E-80 loading.

4.4 Mile Double Track Project and Bridge Upgrades

The new double track project consisted of topographic surveying, track and bridge design, utilities relocations, environmental permitting, the bid phase, construction staking and construction project management for a new 4.4 mile double track mainline. The project included upgrading and widening an existing 400-foot long, 70-foot high single track bridge over Pitman Creek to accommodate double track, and design of a new highway overpass on Doc Newell Road, crossing over the Norfolk Southern Railway double track section.

Norfolk Southern Railway / Amtrak Passenger Project

The Crouch Engineering design team worked closely with Norfolk Southern, the Virginia DRPT, Amtrak, CSX, local agencies, utilities, and regulators to plan, survey, design, permit, bid, manage, and stake out the following projects, which were a part of the overall Norfolk to Petersburg, VA Amtrak project:

- New Amtrak Station Platform and Platform Track; Harbor Park, Norfolk, VA Survey, design, utilities, permitting, bid phase, and staking - 2,000 TF platform track, main line realignment, I-95 Crash Walls, a new 800’ passenger station platform, and platform track.

St. Julian Amtrak Servicing Facility and New Wye Tracks - Norfolk, VA – Planning, survey, design, utilities, permitting, bid phase, and staking wye tracks (8,600 TF), main line realignment, & new Amtrak passenger train servicing facilities and wye to be used for Amtrak passenger trains to turn around

- NSR - CSXT Connection Track – Survey, design, permitting, utilities, bid phase, and staking for a 7,000 TF connection track and CSXT double track.

- New Double Mainline and Auto Ramp Bypass, Petersburg, VA – survey, design, permitting, bid phase, and staking for a new 6,200 TF mainline bypass

- Siding Extension & Highway Realignment, Petersburg, VA – survey, design of track, bridge overpass, and highway realignment, utilities, permitting, bid phase, project management., and construction staking for the 0.5 mi Johnson Rd. Realignment and railroad bridge overpass widening.

- Redesign of Portlock Yard, Chesapeake, VA – planning, survey, design, utilities, permitting, bid phase, and staking for additional storage tracks, a new switching lead, and redesign of other yard tracks to allow passenger trains to move through the yard without interference from yard switching operations.

ALDOT – Hermitage Drive

Crouch Engineering performed plan review and construction observation for replacement of the Hermitage Drive Highway Bridge over the TSRR. Review included structural plan review, site plan review, drainage improvements, project documentation and construction observation.

TDOT – SR 15 / US 64 Bypass

Crouch Engineering performed plan review, recommendations for drainage improvements, project documentation and construction observation for four new highway bridges on SR 15 (US 64) bypass over the TSRR. Crouch attended design review meetings and pre-construction meetings to ensure the highway project did not adversely impact the Railroad.

TDOT – SR 22

Crouch Engineering performed plan review, retaining wall design, shoring plan review and construction observation for a 177 foot long state highway bridge over the Railroad. Crouch Engineering worked closely with TDOT to develop a roadbed slope stabilization design to prevent slope erosion and settlement, and maintain railroad ditch flow. Plan review began in 2009, construction was completed in 2013.

Grove to Woods Double Track Project / Pitman Creek Bridge / Doc Newell Road Bridge, and County Road 2747 Realignment and Utility Relocations

Crouch Engineering provided full time construction management services, QA/QC, construction observation, contractor coordination, reporting and documentation for the Pitman Creek Bridge upgrades for double track and 286k, the new Doc Newell Road Overpass over the Norfolk Southern Railway (NSR), the County Road 2747 relocation, and a portion of the NSR Grove to Woods, KY Double Track Project.

The project included:

- construction of a 4.5 mile long double track section of the NSR

- upgrading a single track, 400’ long, 70’ high bridge over Pitman Creek to accommodate a second track and 286k loading

- construction of a new road alignment for Doc Newell Road

- a new highway bridge over the NSR

- slope stabilization, and other work

Crouch Engineering’s project manager was responsible for monitoring the general contractor and subs to ensure that the project was constructed in general conformance to the plans and specifications. These plans and specifications were also prepared by Crouch Engineering.

Johnson Road Bridge Overpass Over Norfolk Southern Railway

Crouch Engineering provided full time construction management services, QA/QC, construction observation, contractor coordination, reporting, and documentation for the Johnson Road Highway Bridge and highway alignment change for the widened overpass over the NSR in Petersburg, VA.

The project included construction of a 2,500 foot long highway realignmernt, and construction of a new highway bridge, keeping both the road and railroad in service during construction.

Crouch Engineering’s project manager was responsible for monitoring the general contractor and subs to ensure that the project was constructed in general conformance to the plans and specifications. These plans and specifications were also prepared by Crouch Engineering.

Duck River Bridge Replacement and Upgrades

Crouch Engineering provided full time construction management services, QA/QC, construction observation, contractor coordination, reporting and documentation for the South Central Tennessee Railroad Railroad Bridge and 286k replacement and upgrades in Centerville, TN.

The project included construction of new steel girder bridge spans, pre-cast concrete bridge deck panels and new concrete piers on steel piling to replace timber sections of the existing 1,400 foot long Duck River Bridge. The project also included upgrading an existing deck truss span and two steel through truss spans. Work was done keeping the bridge in service, as needed.

Crouch Engineering’s project manager was responsible for monitoring the general contractor and subs to ensure that the project was constructed in general conformance to the plans and specifications. These plans and specifications were also prepared by Crouch Engineering.