Making the Grade

Crouch Engineering provides a full spectrum of servies for new grade crossings, grade crossing rehabilitation and widening and removal of grade crossings.

Highway – Railroad Grade Crossings

Grade Crossing Projects

Crouch Engineering provides the following services related to the planning, evaluation, feasibility, design and construction project management for new grade crossings, grade crossing rehabilitation and widening and removal of existing grade crossings:

  • Data collection.
  • Safety evaluations.
  • Coordination with public agency employees.
  • Traffic counts and signal warrants.
  • Safety program design / safety enhancements.
  • Topographic surveys, including highway and railroad data.
  • Crossing signalization and pre-emption of highway signals.
  • Track and grade crossing design.
  • Highway design.
  • Plan production.
  • Traffic control plans.
  • Signage and pavement marking plans.
  • Drainage evaluation and drainage design.
  • Preparation of plans, specifications, bid sheet, general conditions, insurance requirements, bonding requirements, etc.
  • Conduct a public bid process.
  • Perform construction staking, construction observation, photo documentation, cost estimating, cost tracking, project close out, and other project management services necessary for managing public projects.

 

Grade Separation Projects

Crouch Engineering provides planning, evaluation, feasibility, design, and construction project management for highway / railroad grade separation projects, including new highway overpasses, new highway underpasses, road widening and other modifications to existing grade separated structures, bridge demolition plans, highway realignments and highway widening projects, etc.

 

Grade Crossing / Grade Separation Projects by Crouch Engineering

Kiamichi Railroad - Widening of US Hwy 70

In reviewing plans for the proposed US 70 widening project, working on behalf of the Kiamichi Railroad, Crouch Engineering offered a cost saving railroad alignment change concept to ODOT and the Railroad, eliminating a $2 million temporary bypass track and preventing rerouting RR traffic onto another rail carrier. The 3,500 foot line change was constructed off-line, with new ties and 136 RE CWR, after the new grade separation was constructed. Crouch Engineering surveyed and designed the alignment change.

US 70 (SR 24) / SR 109 Main Line Alignment Change

Crouch Engineering designed a 3.2 mile realignment of the Nashville and Eastern mainline in conjunction with the US 70 highway widening project and the SR 109 highway widening project, eliminating 2 major grade crossings, on behalf of Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority (NERA). The project included design of a grade separation at SR 109, two concrete and steel 3-span ballast deck bridges over streams, and a steel through plate girder bridge over US 70.

New Double Track Mainline and Grade Crossing Upgrades

The Norfolk Southern Railway Mainline track runs north to south through Warren County, Virginia. The project is located north of Front Royal, north of Interstate Highway 66, roughly parallel to Highway 340, south of Ashby Station Road. Norfolk Southern Railway Corporation engaged Crouch Engineering, PC to design, permit, bid and provide erosion control monitoring for a five-mile double mainline extension. The project consisted of the construction of a 21,000 foot railroad second main line track, parallel to the existing main line track. The construction of the proposed main line track required approximately 19 acres to be cleared, grubbed and graded to accommodate the proposed sidetrack. Ten culverts were replaced and three culverts were extended. There are four grade crossings that were upgraded. Access to the Virginia Inland Port, and several other industries were redesigned to provide and maintain rail service to the local industries. Crouch also worked with the VA DRPT and VA Outdoors Foundation to reduce and mitigate impacts to four conservation easements along the route.

Citrus Rail Project – New 10 Mile Railroad Main Line

Crouch Engineering performed track and roadbed design, grade crossing design, culvert design, bid phase, and construction project management and construction phase engineering for a new, greenfield ten-mile long main line, a siding for a new cane elevator loadout, a new storage yard and multiple loading tracks for the citrus plant. The project was completed on time and under budget by 30%, allowing for the replacement of an additional nine miles of 85 AS rail with new 136 RE CWR and OTM.

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.

Norfolk Southern Railway Railroad Siding Extension

Crouch Engineering was given 30 days to design a siding extension at Tasker, DE. The project was constrained by limiting the construction for the new roadbed to the very narrow, existing railroad right-of-way. In order to provide the proper roadbed section, and remain within the ROW, Crouch designed a series of Gabion Basket retaining walls to stabilize the roadbed side slopes. Crouch performed all associated geotechnical work for this project, as well as the track and roadbed design.