In August 2013, Railroad Construction Company, Inc. formed a joint venture with Iron Bridge Constructors and began work on the Ben Franklin Bridge PATCO Track Rehabilitation project in Philadelphia, PA. This $103,000,000 project, one of the largest in our history, will be 80% completed by November and is scheduled for final completion in late 2015.
The job consists of replacing the entire track system and replacing or repairing structural steel support members on the bridge. Included will be miles of signal, power and communications cable, eighty signal / electrical enclosures, 9,000 timber ties, 2.5 miles of rail and 120 tons of new steel.
Work is progressing at a rapid pace. A two-month outage on the southern tracks has already been completed during which blasting and painting of newly exposed structural support steel and replacement of steel stringers and appurtenances was performed. The northern tracks are scheduled for a similar two-month outage beginning in September.
Together with our joint venture partner we wish to thank DRPA, PATCO and HNTB and our subcontractors, Commodore Maintenance Corp., Beach Electric / Vanalt Electric JV, Island Pavement Cutting, Northeast Work & Safety Boat, Munoz Engineering, Batta Environmental, Holland LP, H. Barron Iron Works, Semcor Equipment, Work Zone Contractors, Orgo-Thermit, W. Hargrove Demolition Co. and Phoenix Rebar. We also thank the suppliers connected to the project: Nadler Mobile Offices, J.M. Ahle, Mr. John, Progress Rail Services, Lewis Bolt & Nut, Baseline Supply, LLC, Atlas Ladder Co., Thackray Crane Rentals, United Rentals, All Points Communications, Haydon Bolts, Nobel Equipment & Supplies, Castor Materials, Rushland Concrete Pumping, Jesco Equipment, Wharton Hardware & Supply, RCC Fabricators, Selco, J. Mikulsky Railway Supply, LB Foster Co., Contractor Service, Traffic Safety Service Corp., Certified Testing Labs, Colony Hardware, Midgely Pneumatic Tools and Diamond Tool.