Railroad Construction Co. was recently awarded a $12 million contract by the Delaware River Port Authority for the rehabilitation of PATCO’s Westmont Viaduct in Haddon Township, NJ. The 2000’ long viaduct, originally built in 1968, also serves as the Westmont Train Station which handles hundreds of daily PATCO passengers commuting from southern New Jersey into Philadelphia. The rehabilitation of two 2000’ long railroad tracks atop the structure will take place over the course of thirty weekend track outages with one track being removed from service at a time and full service restored by Monday morning.
The project includes the demolition and removal of the existing concrete plinths, 132# running rails, rail plates, rail fasteners and insulated joints. New concrete plinths will be constructed to support the new 136# running rails and rail fasteners and the reuse of the existing guardrail. Panguard fasteners, a highly specialized rail fastening system developed by Pandrol, will be installed as part of the sound reduction effort.
We would like to thank Adam Jacurak of DRPA, Bill Shaw, Brian McGregor and Tom Herron of PATCO and Drew Kelley of Jacobs for their assistance on the project. We also thank our suppliers and subcontractors: 50 States Engineering, Pandrol Track Systems, Wang Technology, Progress Rail, GW Peoples, Consolidated Steel and Aluminum Fence and Batta Environmental.