Bridges and Structures

West Vancouver Freight Access Project – Schedule 1 Rail Design

Location: Vancouver, Washington

The Schedule 1 Lead Project is a new rail connection for the Port of Vancouver, and improves rail access and provides redevelopment opportunities for port property. DEA was the prime contractor to the port for this project. Work included surveying, geotechnical engineering, archaeological investigations, permitting support, railroad track engineering, structural engineering for walls and bridges, civil engineering including drainage design, roadway design, utility relocation design, electrical engineering for lighting, and mechanical engineering for a steam line relocation. Continuous coordination with BNSF was required during the course of the fast-track project.

DEA designed more than 2,600 feet of single lead track, double track and single track bridges, and more than 50,000 square feet of retaining walls. The track design included a double track shoofly of the BNSF mainline tracks and a single track connection from the shoofly to serve the port. Two rail bridges were designed for local streets to cross under the tracks: one double-track bridge at Esther Street and one single-track bridge at Grant Street. DEA also provided construction assistance to the client.

Meeting the client’s goal of reducing rail congestion at the rapidly growing port, DEA created a plan that reduced traffic delays by 40 percent while fostering planned port development and local mobility improvements.

Project Awards

  • ACEC Honor Award – Transportation, 2009

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