Largest High-Speed Rail Structure in US Chugs Along - Hanford Viaduct

The Hanford Viaduct, located in Kings County, California, is currently under construction to bring high-speed rail to commuters of Hanford, CA. The Hanford Viaduct is the largest high-speed rail structure in the Central Valley spanning nearly 6,330 feet (about twice the height of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world). When complete, it will carry high-speed trains over the San Joaquin Valley Railroad and State Route 198. This section of the high-speed rail line will be a par ... Read more

Driven Pile is Creating a Better Tomorrow - METRO Green Line Extension, SWLRT (Southwest Light Rail Project)

Driven Pile is Creating a Better Tomorrow  METRO Green Line Extension, SWLRT (Southwest Light Rail Project)  METRO Green Line Extension, known to some as SWLRT (Southwest Light Rail Project), is an investment into the future of Minnesota's growing economy. This Extension not only supplies a connection between cities, but it enables the sprawling workforce further access to jobs from across Minnesota, building local economies, and enabling reliable transportation for thousa ... Read more

Biggest Infrastructure Project in the Nation

Biggest Infrastructure Project in the Nation 112-Year-Old Train Bridge to be Replaced  Editor: Allison Braswell Since the construction of Portal Bridge in 1910, it has become the busiest rail line in the entire Western Hemisphere. This swing-style rail bridge that spans the Hackensack River from Kearney to Secaucus, NJ has been working on her last legs. One out of seven times the bridge opens, it fails to close properly. Operational issues like this have been the culprit ... Read more

CSXT Railroad chooses OCCI for Bridge Replacement Project

CSXT Railroad chooses OCCI for Bridge Replacement Project ICE assists with rail bridge support efforts. Editor: Debbie Reaney The CSX Transportation Railroad bridge crossing built in 1927, recently required the replacement of its original timber framework where Lizard Creek meets the Tensaw River in Hurricane, AL because timber doesn't have the life span of the more modern steel and concrete methods of construction. OCCI of Fulton, MO was chosen to do the work due to thei ... Read more

Mega Drill for the Alabama Mega Site Project

Editor: Ashley Steele  The South Alabama Mega Site Project is a $12.5 million dollar plan to expand commerce in Baldwin County, Alabama. This region is the 11th fastest growing metro area in the United States. The 3009 acres (about half the area of JFK Airport) site will allow for growth by way of railroad and Port of Mobile expansions. $5.5 million of the project alone is being utilized on the railroad portion of the project. The railroad in Bay Minette will receive an on-site rail ... Read more

Minneapolis Light Rail

ICE® stays steady and constant in changing construction plans  ICE® has been onsite at the monumental Southwest Light Rail project since 2019. Although there have been delays in the timeline due to the complexity and changing of construction plans and contract modifications. The completion of the METRO Green Line Extension will include 14.5 miles of double track connecting downtown Minneapolis with five local communities through 16 new stations and structures in a corridor that will sh ... Read more

Railroad Bridges are Delicate Repairs

Comacchio MC8DHT  Editor: Ashley Steele  One in every five bridges of the over5,800 in South Dakota are considered "structurally deficient". The Wasta Rail Bridge in Wasta, South Dakota is no stranger to repair as this unique bridge was relocated by frugal railroad companies dating back to the 1920s. This unique structure was fused with additional truss bridges from the local area, giving it an exceedingly rare design. History alone has mandated repairing and not replacing the ... Read more

Driving on the Rail

SouthCoast Rail Project- Boston Editor: Ashley Steele The SouthCoast Rail project is a multi-phase project which will bring new commuter rail service to the south Boston area towns.  These towns have never had commuter access and with this addition it will ease traffic and commuting times.  In total, six new commuter stations will be added along with over 36 miles of reconstructed rail lines. Phase 1 of this project, which is now underway, has been ... Read more

Light Rail Transit Construction

Minneapolis Southwest Light Rail Transit Construction Editor Alix Bemis In November 2018, the Lunda/McCrossan joint venture was awarded a contract for the Minnesota Twin Cities Southwest LRT Expansion Project.  The light rail service will connect Minneapolis to the towns of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Edina, and Eden Prairie. The contract is expected to create 7,500 construction jobs, totaling $350 million in payroll to be infused into the state's economy. Every segment of ... Read more

Environmental Cleanup

Environmental Cleanup with an ICE 33 Vibratory Pile Hammer Editor Alix Bemis J. Fletcher Creamer & Son is a nationally recognized top infrastructure contractor serving businesses, government agencies & utility companies. As part of an environmental cleanup project at an old factory site in Jersey City, NJ, they drove up to 40' long PZ-27 and AZ-40 sheeting for cofferdams using the ICE® Model 33 Vibratory Pile Driver and Extractor (also known as a Pile Hammer). Among the man ... Read more