Tower 55 Multimodal Improvement Project Receives Coveted Hay Award

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association has recognized the Tower 55 Multimodal Improvement Project with the coveted Dr. W. W. Hay Award for Excellence for outstanding achievement in railway engineering. Named to honor the memory and accomplishments of one of their members and leaders William Walter Hay, the annual award honors one railway project for innovation, safety and service, performance and reliability.

Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway joined forces as part of a public-private partnership to develop the $114.5-million project, which alleviated congestion at one of the busiest rail intersections in North America. The confluence of five major freight and passenger rail routes brings more than 100 trains through the Tower 55 interlocker daily.

HDR helped the railroads, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas Department of Transportation, and the city of Fort Worth with innovative surface improvements. As the Engineer of Record, the team employed advanced modeling and economic analysis to demonstrate public benefits and help secure Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II Grant funding.

The project returned $1.1 billion in public benefits, including $30 for every federal dollar invested. These improvements allow 40 percent more rail traffic to traverse Tower 55, avoiding $996 million in additional supply chain costs. Eliminating at-grade crossings improves safety and is forecast to reduce motorist and pedestrian delays by 100,000 hours annually. The project enables the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by more than 93,000 tons per year and lowers fuel consumption by 22,600 gallons per day.

"The success of this project epitomizes how collaboration among multiple stakeholders, railroads and industry experts creates a great outcome that has national significance and positively impacts the quality of life for all of us," said Scott Goehri, P.E., ENV SP, HDR's freight rail director.

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