Hanson provides design engineering for Phase 2 of Union Pacific Railro

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Jan. 25, 2012

Contact: Darrel Berry, Marketing Communications Manager
Hanson Professional Services Inc.
(217) 747-9291

Hanson provides design engineering for Phase 2 of Union Pacific Railroad’s CREATE Project B2

CHICAGO — Hanson Professional Services Inc. recently provided Phase 2 design engineering services for the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) as part of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) program.  During Phase 2, Hanson designed the Beltway 2 (B2) segment, a 3.5-mile portion of the CREATE program’s new beltway infrastructure. 

Hanson designed a new third mainline track and a railroad bridge over Addison Creek as well as a skewed through-plate girder flyover on a curved alignment from the IHB mainline to UP’s westbound mainline track. The flyover crosses the UP mainline tracks and connects with the new third mainline track and with UP’s Proviso Yard in Northlake, Ill.  Hanson’s design also allowed for increasing the connection track operation speed between the UP and IHB from 10 mph to 25 mph. 

This project shifts UP’s mainlines between Provo Junction and Mannheim Road, provides new connections to Proviso Yard on the east and west ends, and modifies two Metra passenger stations at Berkeley and Bellwood to accommodate the new third mainline track.  Construction on the B2 segment began in late 2010 and is planned for completion in late 2012.

“The B2 project is important to UP because it improves the operating efficiency of freight trains in and out of Proviso Yard and still allows Metra’s commuter trains to maintain their schedule,” says Bradley Randall, P.E., Hanson’s project manager.

Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, architecture, planning and allied services. The Chicago regional office is located at 815 Commerce Drive, Suite 200, Oak Brook, IL  60523.  The office may be reached by phone:  (630) 990-3800 or fax:  (630) 990-3801.

About Hanson Professional Services Inc.
Known in the industry for its hands-on approach, Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Hanson) is a national, award-winning, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, architecture, planning and allied services.  Established in 1954, the firm employs approximately 400 professionals – including engineers, architects, planners, land acquisition specialists, surveyors and scientists – in offices nationwide, offering services throughout the U.S. and in more than 40 countries.  The firm provides services to public- and private-sector clients from seven strategic markets:  aviation; department of defense; energy and industry; government; infrastructure; railway; and telecommunications.  For more information, please visit http://www.hanson-inc.com/. 


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