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Norfolk Southern Selects TranSystems for CREATE Pullman Junction Interlocking Improvement Project

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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Courtesy of CREATE

CHICAGO – CREATE Program partners announced Norfolk Southern selected TranSystems to provide construction management services for its Pullman Junction Interlocking Improvement Project (EW3-Segment A).

According to the release from Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE), TranSystems will start engineering and administrative manage services until the project is finished in 2027. The $37 million track and signal project is located near South Stony Island Avenue on Chicago’s south side. The project received funds from the FRA CRISI grant.

TranSystem’s team includes four DBE firms in Illinois. They are: The Roderick Group, Inc. dba Ardmore Roderick (construction inspection & survey), GSG Consultants, Inc. (environmental compliance), Interra, Inc. (material testing & construction inspection), and Pin Point Precision, LLC (construction inspection & public outreach). 

In addition, CREATE reports there may be opportunities for certified graduates of IDOT’s Highway Construction Careers Training Program. More opportunities may be available for “right-of-way acquisition, engineering, construction, and supplier opportunities within the CREATE Program.”

NS Engineer Planning, Jeff Page, said, “NS looks forward to modernizing this heavily traveled railroad junction where three short line railroads (BRC, SCIH, and CRL) currently crisscross NS traffic. . . We believe the TranSystems team will rise to the occasion to both safely and efficiently progress construction of this complex infrastructure project, while minimizing operational disruption, over the course of an anticipated three-year construction timeline.”

In the future, biddable work for the construction segment of the project includes installing a 550-foot-long sound wall next to a senior living residence and making minor concrete bridge repairs to both the Stony Island Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue viaducts. Later this year, a Request for Proposals (RFP) is expected for this construction bid work.

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