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Railroad Relocation

Railroad Relocation

Project Location

Council Bluffs, IA

Project Description

The Railroad Relocation project consolidated the CBEC Railway and BNSF Railway railroad operations into a new common corridor west of Mosquito Creek under I-29 and Iowa 92. Construction occurred between 2015 and 2016. This improves operations at the South Expressway Interchange and greatly reduces roadway/railway conflicts by consolidating railroad corridors and eliminates numerous at-grade rail crossings and the CBEC Railway corridor that bisected Lewis Central High School. Improved railroad operations allow select BNSF Railway trains to bypass Council Bluffs.

The Railroad Relocation project is a part of the U.S. 275/Iowa 92 Interchange project. Please refer to the U.S. 275/Iowa 92 Interchange project for a description of the larger project.

Project Schedule

Construction: 10/2015 — 01/2017

Recognition & Awards


  • American Council of Engineering Companies –
    • National Recognition Award
    • Iowa Grand Place Award
    • Nebraska Grand Award

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Project references

Project Name: Railroad Relocation
Project Number(s): Railroad Grading IMN-80-1(366)4--0E-78

Additional Resources

Surface Transportation Board Documents

HDR wins award for work on Council Bluffs railroad relocation

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