These concurrent projects located less than a mile from each other included expansions of Norfolk Southern’s intermodal facilities at both their Garfield and 63rd Street locations. The Garfield project involved multiple obstacles that were overcome through extensive planning and communication with the stakeholders. They included the closing of a Chicago city street that ran through the middle of the project; the relocation of Com Ed’s transformer station; and the infill of a METRA bridge. The project included, 80,000 cubic yards of embankment, multiple connections to the city’s storm sewer, and 1,300 LF of cantilevered retaining walls. Norfolk Southern and the City of Chicago requested Milord to include 50% of the man-hours to be worked by Chicago residents and 29% of the subcontractors to have Disadvantaged Business Enterprise status. The project provided NS with much needed additional paved container and trailer parking.
The 63rd Street facility re-construction included extensive underground storm water retention, 15,000 LF of infiltration pipe up to 48” diameter, 9,500 LF other drainage pipe up to 60“ diameter, 2,500 LF water, 79,000 tons aggregate base, 70,000 tons asphalt paving, 16,000 SY concrete paving, 16,000 SF T-wall retaining system, complete new electrical and lighting systems and new AGS gates complete.