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Blount Island Marine Terminal

RS&H is providing Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) Services for multiple JaxPort projects including this Crane Rail Re-Grout and Warf Rehabilitation/Upgrades.  

The Crane Rail ReGrout Project included resetting of the existing crane rail, installation of continuous sole plates, and leveling grout for the landside crane rail that supports the gantry cranes. Construction also included removal of the existing crane rail paying particular attention to the existing structural components of the pier, installation of anchor bolts with a two part epoxy resin, installation of crane rail sole plates, and construction of the crane rail itself. The verification of QC tests included torque testing of the anchor bolts and rail clips, production of grout cubes, and verification of rail alignment and elevations. 

The Wharf Rehabilitation and Upgrades of the existing marginal cargo wharf is designed in six phases with a total length of 5,400 ft. The project consists of the demolition and reconstruction of on-wharf structures, to include the pile cap, ballasted deck, ballast, base, paving, drainage, railroad track and associated hardware. The project also includes construction of container and cargo crane tie-downs and stowage pins, and installation of new or restoration of existing crane auxiliary power and crane rails. Additional items include removal and replacement of existing wharf fenders, completion of cap and prestressed concrete, precast piling repairs, completion of steel sheet pile bulkhead repairs, and installation and testing of sacrificial cathodic protection. RS&H verified the contractors QC Plan tracked all installed quantities, and ensured all repairs were completed and documented. Blount Island Marine Terminal remained operational during the entire project with only the repaired wharf section being an active work zone. Particular attention was given to the various shipping tenants as to not interrupt their schedules.

Inspection and quality assurance services provided included:

  • Inspection of erosion control plan implementation and maintenance
  • Inspection of maintenance of traffic plan and implementation
  • Inspection of earthwork for construction
  • Inspection of removal and replacement of concrete
  • Inspection of removal and replacement of asphalt
  • Inspection of reinforcing steel placement
  • Inspection of epoxy-coating and bituminous coating
  • Inspection of crane rail assembly removal, leveling, and grouting
  • Inspection of continuous sole plates, jacking lugs, and anchor bolt installation
  • Inspection of 175# crane rail installation
  • Inspection of rail joint splice welding
  • Coordination with existing port operations

Related Services:  Construction Management

South Florida Rail Corridor Phase IV Double Track

The South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC) Phase IV Double Track project involved upgrading seven miles of the corridor to provide two mainline tracks. RS&H provided construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services for the project, which including providing full-time, onsite project engineers, technicians and inspectors to manage, coordinate, document, observe, and record all activities required to facilitate scheduled construction in accordance with the approved design documents, schedules, and budgets.     

The new track was constructed with 136# RE Continuous Welded Rail (CWR) on concrete ties that incorporate the fast clip system. The project connects two existing sidings, the Opa-Locka Siding and the Miami-Plantation Siding, which were completely upgraded with new rail and ties as part of the project. The track bed within the limits of these sidings was reconstructed from the sub-ballast up, while the track bed between the sidings was completely new.

In addition to the rail mainline and siding construction, other elements of the project included:

  • Two No. 20 interlockings
  • Construction of five new grade crossings
  • Reconstruction of two existing grade crossings
  • Replacement of all required grade crossing signals and equipment
  • Multiple industry turnout connections
  • Reconstruction of an existing CSXT storage and switching yard
  • Three crash walls around highway overpass columns
  • Three retaining walls
  • Two new railroad bridges
  • Modification of an existing railroad bridge

The project was coordinated with concurrent construction activities at two separate Tri-Rail station expansion projects, thus required active coordination and scheduling of two independent prime contractors, CSXT, the FDOT construction contractor, Tri-Rail Operations, Amtrak, and CSXT Freight. 

Related Services:  Construction Management