Iowa Department of Transportation
Ottumwa Subdivision Crossover Improvement Project
Cost Estimate: $17 million
This project is a direct result of the collaborative Amtrak/BNSF Performance Improvement Process to identify chronic delays to Amtrak “California Zephyr” trains, which travel on BNSF trackway between Chicago and Denver. Modeling and analysis conducted pursuant to the PIP indicated that freight congestion on the Ottumwa Subdivision in southern Iowa was one of the most significant contributors to Amtrak passenger rail service delays.
Many delays occur when due to the inability to route the 79 mph Amtrak passenger rail trains around slower-moving coal trains, which constitute the majority of traffic on the Ottumwa Subdivision. The subdivision consists of two parallel main tracks, with eastbound coal-loaded train cars running on one and westbound empty train cars running on the other. This project will allow the Amtrak trains to move around freight traffic by installing four remotely controlled high-speed crossovers in the areas most prone to freight congestion.
Work is expected to be done in August 2013.
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