Tuesday, September 29, 2009

L.B. Foster awarded $2.1-million DART rail products contract

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L.B. Foster Company of Pittsburgh has been awarded a contract to supply direct fixation fasteners and bonded insulated joints for the first phase of the new Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Orange Line from the city center of Dallas to Irving, Texas. L.B. Foster is coordinating product shipments to the Northwest Corridor Expansion project to meet the scheduling requirements of the general contractor joint venture, Kiewit/Stacy and Witbeck/Reyes/Parsons Corporation.

"The contractor recognized our hard-earned reputation for quality rail products and project management," said Dennis Bachtel, L.B. Foster's Western Regional Manager within the Rail Products Group.

L.B. Foster direct fixation fasteners provide noise and vibration dampening, electrical isolation and ease of installation. The DF fasteners are manufactured by the Transit Products unit of L.B. Foster to meet the standards established for DART's systems. This DF fastener design has been tested at L.B. Foster's rail specific development and testing laboratory in Atlanta. The bonded insulated joints are produced by L.B. Foster's Allegheny Rail Products at facilities in Niles, Ohio, and Pueblo, Colo.

Three construction phases of the Northwest Corridor Expansion Project will expand the DART Orange Line from Dallas to the terminals of DFW Airport. Phase One construction began in May 2009 and is scheduled to be completed by April 2010.

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