The Port of Coos Bay in Oregon will work on stabilizing tracks, improving rail bridges and increasing the size of tunnels over the next few years.
Numerous rail maintenance and construction activities are underway at the Coos Bay International Port in Oregon, and a major phase was recently completed.
A new railway bridge over Coalbank Slough has been completed and now supports rail traffic. The span will be the only one replaced while others will be rehabilitated along the 120 mile line. Ten steel bridges in the Wild Cat Creek area are marked for work, along with three swing span bridges and the Vaughn Viaduct Bridge.
The Coalbank Slough Bridge was built in the early 1900s and was a non-operational deck girder swing span bridge. It was a fixed structure of girders with continuous deck plates for 30 years. The new span connects the last 16.5 miles of track to the north end of the CBRL and provides access to the national rail network through the Union Pacific Yard in Eugene, Ore.
The bridge will help move rail traffic to the Terminal Once facility, which could be the site of a container shipping facility in years to come.
Port of Coos Bay projects focus on moving more cargo into Oregon and the northwest. The line has a number of tunnels which will need to be enlarged in size to support greater loads. The tracks must also be stabilized.
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