Moorman (Bellevue) Rail Yard Expansion Engineering and Design Services


Location: Bellevue, OH

The Moorman (formerly Bellevue) Rail Yard is a railroad transportation facility owned by the Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NS) encompassing approximately 620 acres used for the classification and movement of freight. NS completed a $160 million project to double the capacity of the yard in order to meet rising demand for freight rail transportation. The yard is now one of the railroad company’s primary U.S. freight centers. An additional 38 classification were added, along with 39 miles of new track and a hump bridge. The project also added a south bypass track; constructed additional receiving and forwarding tracks; erected three new buildings; added 22 diesel-powered backup generators; and paved existing and newly constructed access roads, parking lots, retaining walls, and a secondary access tunnel.

Michael Baker International provided surveying; geotechnical investigation; utility identification and relocation coordination; environmental and construction permitting; class yard analysis and rollability studies; and air system, lighting, electrical/power distribution, and civil site design. Michael Baker also developed a bid package, including plans, quantities, and project-specific specifications. The key challenge was to provide “fast track” design and permitting. Michael Baker proactively developed a complex and innovative project schedule to anticipate and resolve key choke points in advance, including all necessary permits and property acquisitions.

NS expects the expansion to result in the creation of as many as 275 new jobs, a 40 percent increase over the 700 currently employed at Moorman Yard. The project received an Award of Merit from Engineering News-Record (ENR), Midwest.

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