Maintaining Compliance

Crouch Engineering performs environmental assessments and environmental permitting and design for all types of railroad, highway, transportation, and site design projects.

Environmental Permitting

Crouch Engineering performs environmental assessments for major projects, phase 1 environmental site assessments, and environmental permitting and design for all types of railroad, highway, transportation, and site design projects. By performing environmental permitting in house, Crouch Engineering reduces the design timeframe for most projects, improving the project schedule, and reducing costs.

Crouch routinely performs NEPA reviews for linear transportation projects, and works with its clients, and Federal and State agencies to prepare efficient plans, reduce impacts to wetlands and streams, mitigate impacts, and reduce permitting time for its design projects. Crouch Engineering has been very successful and has a stellar reputation in the railroad industry based on our history over the last two decades in streamlining permitting times, and getting approvals in a very reasonable timeframe for its construction projects.

Crouch Engineering is on the approved list of providers for Environmental Assessments of the Federal Surface Transportation Board.

Our projects typically require submitting Notices of Intent for Grading, and agency review. Crouch Engineering designs workable, efficient designs for erosion and sediment control devices, and pollution control plans for all of its grading related construction projects. Crouch routinely develops Storm Water Pollution Control Plans, conforming to state and local requirements, for contractors to use during the construction phase of its grading projects. Our plans are developed with the intent and purpose of not allowing any sediment to leave the construction site.

Crouch Engineering, P.C. conducts historical, archaeological, endangered species, wetlands and other environmental reviews and studies for major track and bridge projects. We work directly with federal, state and local agencies to address all required areas of environmental concern.

Crouch Engineering, P.C. Prepares Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCCs) and storm water treatment permits for its railroad clients’ repair and maintenance facilities, and SWPPPs for construction projects. EPA requirements are fulfilled in the SWPPP and SPCC plan production process. Crouch Engineering, P.C. develops training plans and other documents required by the EPA.

In performing the design of new projects, Crouch Engineering always looks for creative solutions and creative designs to reduce, eliminate, or mitigate impacts to streams and wetlands. We take pride in having accomplished this goal in many ways, on many projects.

 

Environmental Permitting Projects by Crouch Engineering

Rail Line Acquisition Due Diligence Patriot Rail

Crouch Engineering performed Due Diligence inspections of track and bridges including the condition of timber, concrete, and steel bridges, and structural evaluations.  Crouch conducted Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments conforming to ASTM Guidelines for railroad line purchases by Patriot Rail for the Weyerhaeuser Railroads, Utah Central Railroad, Louisiana and North West Railroad, Tennessee Southern Railroad, and the Rarus Railroad (Butte, Anaconda, & Pacific Railroad, Anaconda, MT).

Rail Line Acquisition Due Diligence Zee Line

Crouch Engineering performed Due Diligence inspections of track and bridges including the condition of timber, concrete, and steel bridges, and structural evaluations. Crouch conducted Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments conforming to ASTM Guidelines for the Zee Line Railroad (a portion of the CN) in Slaughter, LA.

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.

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.

Toyota – Southeast - Railroad Siding/Capacity Expansion

The Project consisted of designing a new 3,500 track foot siding to serve Toyota-Southeast in Commerce, Georgia. Construction required an Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit (ARAP), gabion wall design and environmental permitting.

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.

Redesign of the Norfolk Southern Railroad South Yard

Crouch Engineering performed survey, track, grading, and drainage design, permitting, erosion control plans, coordination with the City of Mobile and ADEM, bid phase, and construction staking for the redesign of South Yard, to increase railcar storage capacity. The existing ADM unloading facility and rail access had to be preserved. Existing yard drainage was poor - drainage improvements were designed for the entire yard. The project also involved relocation of an existing C&S microwave communications tower.

Enterprise South Railroad Railroad Locomotive and Railcar Repair Shop Relocation

Crouch Engineering performed planning, estimating, surveying, mapping, environmental permitting, design, bid phase services and construction project management services for the removal of an existing locomotive and railcar repair shop and redesign and reconstruction of the shop to be rebuilt on a new site in Chattanooga, TN. The project included track design for two shop tracks and a new switching lead track to serve the shop, as well as site design for the shop, parking and access road.

Lhoist North America New Railroad Locomotive and Railcar Repair Shop / Heavy Equipment Shop

Crouch Engineering performed planning, estimating, surveying, mapping, environmental permitting, design, bid phase services and construction project management services for the design of a new locomotive and railcar repair shop / heavy mining equipment shop, on the Lhoist North America Mine site in Crab Orchard, TN. The project included track design for two shop tracks, a locomotive pit and transfer table and a new switching lead track to serve the shop, as well as site design for the shop and parking.

New Railroad Locomotive and Railcar Repair Shop / Warehouse / Offices / and Freight Yard

Crouch Engineering performed planning, estimating, surveying, mapping, environmental permitting, design, bid phase services and construction project management services for the design of a new railroad freight yard, with a railroad locomotive and rail car repair shop / warehouse, offices, wash pad, and SPCC containment system on a greenfield site for South Carolina Central Railroad in Darlington County, SC. The project included track design for two shop tracks, a locomotive pit and transfer table and a new switching lead track to serve the shop, as well as site design for the shop / warehouse, access road, utilities, wash facilities, and parking.

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.

Retaining Wall Design – Poe (Petersburg Autoramp Double Main Line Bypass)

Crouch Engineering was responsible for geotechnical evaluation and design of a steel pile / concrete lagging retaining wall at Poe (Petersburg, VA). The wall was used to retain enough railroad roadbed to construct two new main line tracks, while eliminating impacts to adjacent wetlands. Crouch performed all associated geotechnical work as well as the surveying, foundation and wall design for this project. Using this design, the project schedule was accelerated, and wetland impacts eliminated for this section.

Amtrak Steel Arch Culvert Liner for Trout Run Culvert

Crouch Engineering has designed a post-grouted, multi-plate steel arch culvert liner for the Trout Run Culvert, meeting AREMA guidelines for 286k railroad loading associated with a new Passenger Station in Roanoke, VA, being constructed for Amtrak passenger service, funded by the VA DRPT.

The project includes construction of approximately 1,600 LF of culvert liner in an existing century old 12’ x 6’ brick arch culvert that conveys Trout Run Stream. The liner was necessary to support the anticipated railroad loading at a new passenger platform in downtown Roanoke, VA.

Crouch Engineering worked with the City of Roanoke, and the US Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the permitting timeframe to less than 30 days for the proposed culvert liner work, accelerating the Amtrak / VA DRPT passenger project schedule.