Public Priorities

Conserving the public expenditure of resources, and preserving the railroads’ assets, current use, current operating speeds and capacity, and future use of the right-of-way in a safe manner are our primary objectives.

Public Projects

Project Management, Design, Plan Review, and Construction Phase Engineering

Public Project stakeholders and sponsors include state DOTs, county road departments, local agencies, third party utility companies, private developers, industries and private landowners. 

Crouch Engineering typically works as the agency’s engineer, or as the liaison for railroads, and represents the client’s interests in minimizing impacts to operations, while preserving the integrity and functionality of the railroad assets.  Conserving the public expenditure of resources, and preserving the railroads’ assets, current use, current operating speeds and capacity, and future use of the right-of-way in a safe manner are our primary objectives. 

In some cases, Crouch Engineering is the project designer and project manager, performing the surveying, design, permitting, bid phase, and construction engineering services.  In other cases, Crouch Engineering is the manager of the public project tasks, including plan review, coordination with railroad and public officials, and construction observation. 

When a public project has the potential to impact your railway operations, you need an experienced consultant to ensure that your railway’s best interests are represented and protected. Due to our years of experience providing this level of service, we have developed working relationships with numerous public agencies and state DOT’s. Having a strong working relationship with these various entities allows Crouch Engineering to successfully maintain open communication on behalf of our clients. Crouch Engineering has served as the project manager on hundreds of TDOT and other state DOT funded public projects. Public project services are listed below:

  • Project Management based on long-term relationships, strong communication, and consistency in points of contact
  • Administrative record keeping, reporting, invoicing and documentation
  • Compliance with railroad specific standards and procedures
  • Conformance to DOT and other agency project requirements
  • Plan review, including design review, drainage, grading, and review of other data
  • Verify and document installed components, and billing accuracy
  • Efficiently schedule site visits and project construction observation for projects
  • Coordination of utilities and utility relocations
  • Coordinate submissions and requests for information
  • Project documentation (plans, photos, test documents, etc.)
  • Project close-out documentation
  • Coordination with public agencies
  • Maintain a project status report

 

Public Projects by Crouch Engineering

Volkswagen – Bonny Oaks Dr. Underpasses, Yard Expansion, Hickory Valley Road Overpass Replacement and NSR Connection

Crouch Engineering worked with Hamilton County, Enterprise South, the HCRA and Norfolk Southern Railway (NSR) to provide planning, surveying, permitting, design and related services for the redesign and expansion of an existing railroad yard to serve Volkswagen in Chattanooga, TN. As a part of the Volkswagen Project, working with NSR and Hamilton County, Crouch Engineering designed a new connection with NSR, and facilitated a connection with CSXT. In addition, Crouch Engineering designed the replacement of the Bonny Oaks Drive single track overpass with three new through plate girder bridges, accommodating the tracks necessary for the expanded yard and widening of Bonny Oaks Drive as well. Crouch Engineering also designed the replacement of the Hickory Valley Drive Overpass over the Enterprise South Railroad to accommodate heavier highway traffic as well as provide additional track clearance for the railroad.

13 Mile Long Railroad Bypass and Right-of-Way Swap

Crouch Engineering represented the West Texas & Lubbock Railroad as the liaison with the City of Lubbock and Texas DOT for the plan review and construction phase engineering services for the railroad / highway right-of-way swap and 13 mile long railroad bypass around Lubbock, TX. Crouch Engineering performed plan review and provided more than 300 plan corrections and improvements for the main line and yard plans. Crouch also provided full time construction project management during construction, responsible for QA/QC, project documentation and construction observation. The project provided the City with the right-of-way for a new SW-NE road corridor.

NERA – SR-24 (US 70), and SR 109 Grade Separation Projects

Crouch Engineering worked with the Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority and TDOT to plan, survey and design a 3.2 mile long railroad main line realignment. This project eliminated two major railroad/highway grade crossings, providing grade separations at SR 109 and SR 24 (US 70) and improving railroad track geometry for higher speed operation in the area. Crouch performed all

- planning

- topographic surveying and mapping

- environmental permitting

- track and roadbed design

- one minor grade crossing redesign

- bridge design for two new ballast deck concrete/steel bridges at stream crossings (two bridge demolitions)

- and a new through plate girder bridge over SR 24 (a 5-lane highway widening project).

Crouch Engineering also worked with TDOT to present the project in Public Meetings.

NERA – Briley Parkway (SR 155) Widening and Railroad Realignment Project

Crouch Engineering worked with the N&ERR and TDOT to plan, survey, and design a 3.2 mile long railroad main line realignment that eliminated 2 major railroad/highway grade crossings, providing grade separations at SR 109 and SR 24 (US 70), and improving railroad track geometry for higher speed operation in Wilson County, TN. Crouch performed all

- planning

- topographic surveying and mapping

- environmental permitting

- track and roadbed design

- one minor grade crossing redesign

- bridge design for two new ballast deck concrete/steel bridges at stream crossings (two bridge demolitions)

- a new through plate girder bridge over SR 24 (a 5-lane highway widening project).

Crouch Engineering also worked with TDOT to present the project in Public Meetings.

Hartsville Yard Relocation

Crouch Engineering worked with RailAmerica; the South Carolina Central Railroad; the City of Hartsville, South Carolina; Darlington County, South Carolina; Coker College; and the Governor’s School of South Carolina to relocate the Railroad’s office and yard from Hartsville to Darlington County, South Carolina. Vacating the Railroad R.O.W. permitted linking the two school campuses.

Crouch assisted with cost negotiations, and was responsible for planning, surveying, environmental permitting, the design of yard tracks, passing tracks, a new office, a new railroad locomotive and railcar repair shop with warehouse and all yard site work. Crouch Engineering assisted in acquiring the new 27 acre yard site for a cost of $10.

When it came time for construction, Crouch Engineering performed the project turnkey, utilizing a local grading contractor, and managed the construction of the project.

DGNO / DART - Rail Line Construction Project Management

Crouch Engineering served as the liaison for the DGNO Railroad / Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) railroad corridor improvement project, allowing construction and upgrades for commuter rail service in Dallas, TX. Crouch provided QA/QC services, project documentation and construction project management for the construction phase of the project.

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.