What makes it interesting?
In addition to the multiple irrigation canal crossings, which could only be worked on during the winter so farmers were not affected during the summer season, the rail line needed to cross the Jordan River at two locations and a portion of the UPRR line needed to be relocated in order to make room for the FrontRunner project. Shifting and re-shifting freight traffic was all accomplished with no unplanned disruption to freight operations.
How HCSS Software assisted with this project
We used HeavyBid and HeavyJob. HeavyJob was a real time saver since the job was so spread out. Foreman couldn’t always get to the office every day since the project was spread out across 45 miles, some of which has limited access to roads. Foremen used iPads with HeavyJob to enter time cards, production, and project notes. Information was received in the office immediately, thus allowing the foremen to stay on the job. It was a real time saver on the project.
The FrontRunner South Commuter Rail from Salt Lake City to Provo, UT was a major project which included construction of 45 miles of new commuter rail immediately adjacent to an active UPRR freight rail corridor. The project spanned two counties and 12 different cities. The work included two million cubic yards of earthwork, 30 bridges, 20 fill walls, seven significant precast box culverts, 50 miles of ballasted trackwork, 40 joint (UPRR and commuter rail) at-grade crossings, major utility relocations, and one pedestrian undercrossing. Bridge construction included steel and concrete girder flyover structures over the UPRR mainline, 19 multi-span bridges, and 10 single-span bridges.
Five of the bridges were built for UPRR as an upgrade to their aging infrastructure. There was a narrow 5-mile section of the alignment that paralleled the Jordan River and the UPRR mainline which could only be accessed at each end of the 5-mile stretch. Shooflies to facilitate construction of new UPRR bridges required temporary shooflies consisting of shifting freight traffic onto newly constructed commuter rail bridges, demolition and reconstruction of freight bridges, then re-shifting freight traffic was all accomplished with no unplanned disruption to freight operations. This was truly the project of a lifetime for those involved.