Affinis Railroad Engineering Project Update

Posted on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 by
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The Affinis railroad engineering team has been busy partnering with municipalities, states, and private organizations on a variety of projects. These efforts are at various stages and utilize different components of our services. Below, you’ll find short summaries outlining how we help navigate rail coordination and design to move communities forward.

Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and Union Pacific
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) decided to replace two 120-foot light towers that illuminated the Kansas City yard and Highway 635. Located between the Union Pacific Railroad Yard and HWY 670, the high mast towers are in an urban environment in Kansas City. Our team has been asked to assist KDOT in gaining access to the site, obtaining a utility permit, and reviewing construction contracts. In July, the proposal will go out to bid.

Staco Electric Knoche Yard
The Kansas City, Missouri IT Department needed to install a fiber optic line under Knoche Yard, which is part of the Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroad tracks. This project was seen by KCS as an opportunity to put in a utility along the same path. We’re managing both projects’ scheduling, design, analysis, and application submittal at the same time. Our team is working with KCS, Staco Electric, and the area. We’re currently partnering with the railroad to set up a construction plan and obtain building permits.

KDOT – US-56 Highway Survey
On a project in Great Bend, Kansas, the rail engineering department has been assisting our survey team. On the US-56 Highway, they are currently providing topographic survey services. Watco Railroad operates a rail line in the area, and Affinis is collecting survey points along the Watco ROW, including ground shots, ditches, ballast shoulders, and tops of rail. By submitting an application for right of entry, we have backed up our surveyors’ efforts. We’re also assisting them in coordinating when they will be on the tracks with the local rail master.

West Frontage Road – Merriam, Kansas
The City of Merriam, Kansas intends to rehabilitate and improve West Frontage Road. They are planning to build a continuous path along West Frontage Road to the Streamway Trail adjacent to Turkey Creek to increase pedestrian walkability and connectivity. At the BNSF railroad tracks, an at-grade pedestrian crossing (sidewalk) will be needed. The five-foot concrete sidewalk will connect to an existing quiet zone and will be complemented by flashing lights and gates. We consider using Standard Safety Practices to draw pedestrians’ attention and focus to reflective and vibrant warning signs.

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