Devising track upgrades without stoppages to service
In 2012, the 100-year-old Windermere Bridge was starting to show signs of aging. It being an integral piece of the Canada-wide rail network, our client—Canada Pacific Railway (CP)—needed to make several track repairs with minimal disruption to rail service. This was tough because the bridge, as part of a high-traffic service route for coal, sees 25 to 30 trains pass per day. So, CP brought on our team of transportation planners to strategize rail repairs that prioritize upgrades and limit stoppages to service.
Not only would the project schedule present problems, but the site was in a remote, environmentally-sensitive location. Near Wasa, British Columbia, the Kootenay River posed a dangerous threat. But we mitigated environmental concerns all together by proposing a solution that kept people and equipment well away from the water.
As the master service provider, our team was responsible for site supervision, project management, and reviewing all existing documents, data, and material for this project. The outcome? An implementation strategy, a construction methodology, and a project schedule detailed down to 15-minute intervals, resulting in an updated, safer bridge that now connects to the greater CP network.
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