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Middletown Bridge Replacements

| Middletown, PA

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    Railroad Services
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  • Overview

    Amtrak faces a monumental challenge in maintaining its infrastructure between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. This was never more evident than in Middletown, Pennsylvania where two vital bridges had begun to deteriorate. It was determined that the bridges needed to be replaced; however, the rail traffic could not be interrupted for a significant amount of time. To help them find a solution to this problem, Amtrak hired their long-term partner, Modjeski and Masters (M&M).

    M&M provided design and construction consultation services for Bridge No. PA 94.98 over Wood Street and Bridge No. PA 97.74 over Union Street. The 3-span structures were designed for replacement on the same alignment using self-propelled modular transporters, or SPMT’s. Each replacement structure was erected at nearby staging areas in preparation for replacement operations – scheduled to take place over one weekend to minimize both track outage time for Amtrak and service disruptions to their passengers. M&M provided construction assistance on the precise roll-in / roll-out bridge maneuvers.

    As an active partner, M&M understands the many challenges of Amtrak’s infrastructure. That kind of trust demands the level of experience and commitment that’s been an M&M trademark since our inception. It’s what we do best – we help build and maintain great bridges.

    For a case study video on the project, please visit https://youtu.be/k3WXJcYIX14.
  • Description

    Tasks Performed
    • Replacement Structure – Design (Preliminary & Final)
    • In-Depth Inspection
    • Accelerated Bridge Construction Design
    • Construction Engineering
    • Construction Support

    Union Street Bridge Geometry
    • Length of Main Span – 54 feet
    • Total Project Length – 79 feet
    • Lanes on Existing Structure – 4 Tracks

    Wood Street Bridge Geometry
    • Length of Main Span – 38 feet
    • Total Project Length – 64 feet
    • Lanes on Existing Structure – 4 Tracks
  • Testimonial

    "[M&M] knows [Amtrak’s] operations; they work well with our Engineering Group in Philadelphia. [Amtrak has] a good rapport with them. [M&M is] a flexible consultant; they bring in innovative ideas and solutions to the various projects and problems that we have on the railroad." - John Brun, PE, Director of Structural Design
  • Credits

    Kevin Johns, PE (Project Manager)
    Adnan Kurtovic, PE (Senior Structural Engineer)
    Timothy Stuffle, PE (Senior Structural Engineer)
    Zachary van Eeden, PE (Structural Engineer)
    Donald Price (Senior Structural Technician)
    Nick Theofanis (Senior Structural Degreed Engineer)
    Thomas Lavin, PE (Senior Highway Engineer)
    James VasKorlis, PE (Field Services Engineer/Team Leader)