The concrete plant operators in Cordele had a problem. Their trucks are too tall to use the railroad underpass outside the facility on 9th Avenue, so they have to go around to 7th Street. And when trains come through town, trucks can’t go anywhere at all because 7th Street crosses the tracks at grade.
The city had studied the 9th Avenue underpass for ways to accommodate the trucks, but they asked Stantec to evaluate the options, make a recommendation, and determine the scope and cost of improvements. We spoke with the railroad and looked at the roadway geometry, drainage and utility infrastructure, and structural components to determine if the railroad bridge had to be replaced, or if a less expensive option could be implemented. The cost saving solution we presented to the city lowers the roadway at the underpass about two feet without disrupting train traffic or disturbing underground utilities. The city told us that we made an impossible project possible, and now they are one step closer to bringing truck traffic back to 9th Avenue.