A major expansion at Norfolk Southern's (NS) Bellevue Yard in Ohio is nearing completion and is expected to wrap up construction by the end of this year.
Engineering and construction management firm STV is providing construction management services for a $40 million portion of the $160 million expansion of Bellevue Yard, which will double the facility’s size to accommodate more freight rail traffic, as well as add about 38.5 miles of additional track and 145 miles of underground cable for communications and signaling systems.
The facility currently has the capacity for 1,800 cars per day, which will expand to 3,600 cars once the project is completed. According to NS, Bellevue is also projected to be the only dual-hump freight classification yard in the United States.
NS officials expect that the larger Bellevue yard will allow the railroad to send cars on shorter paths through its network while moving them faster because they’ll require less handling during sorting and classification.
“Located between Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio, Bellevue is situated at the intersection of five NS lines and is a critical part of the Midwest’s freight rail network,” said Robert Phillips, STV vice president, who is responsible for overseeing the firm’s freight rail group.