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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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