City of Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Railroad Bridge Replacement
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and CSX Transportation (CSXT), partnering with Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and Amtrak, are working to improve VRE and Amtrak service by constructing an additional railroad track. Please pardon the minor disturbance during our efforts to reduce congestion and make passenger rail service more reliable in Virginia.
NOTICE: Due to the construction of a new rail line, and track maintenance between Fredericksburg and Washington the Alexandria community may continue to hear trains blowing their horns this spring. Federal law requires trains to blow their horns for the safety of workers and passengers whenever trains enter a track construction zone.
The bridge replacement is part of a larger effort to construct a third “mainline” railroad track between the Fredericksburg, Virginia and Washington, DC. Specifically the Alexandria Railroad Bridge replacement is the link between seven miles of new “mainline” beginning at the Franconia-Springfield VRE station in Fairfax County and continuing to Alexandria Union Station.
The project involves removing the existing 100-year-old, single-track CSXT railroad bridge over Norfolk Southern (NS) tracks adjacent to Cameron Run and replacing it with a new double-track railroad bridge. The current bridge, built in 1904 only has one track, and the additional track is needed to facilitate more frequent and reliable Amtrak and VRE service.
The new bridge will be assembled on the construction site adjacent to the existing bridge, and once complete, the existing bridge will be removed and the new bridge will literally be “rolled” into place during a brief (3-day) track outage.
The new bridge will be constructed of more than two million pounds of steel and have more than 12,000 bolts—truly an engineering marvel.
The bridge replacement will take place where the CSXT tracks pass over the Norfolk Southern tracks northwest of Cameron Run Regional Park. The closest street address to the project is 4500 Wheeler Avenue. The Cameron Run Bridge does not actually cross over Cameron Run.
Anticipated Replacement Schedule
The bridge replacement project may be broken down into five major work phases. Preparation for the project began on October 15, 2009, and replacing the bridge and follow-up work will last through the spring of 2010. However, the vast majority of the work described below will have no noticeable impact on surrounding neighborhoods.
The dates offered here are approximate and subject to change due to typical construction contingencies, including weather.
Listed below are the key stakeholders in the project.
Project Safety Plan
The contractor has prepared and submitted a thorough site specific project specific safety plan. In this plan the he addresses concerns about emergency communications and utility coordination, including work safety around a petroleum pipeline. Additionally, CSXT and the Contactor have coordinated with Alexandria Fire Department regarding emergency access and procedures.