Pemiscot County Railroad Spur

Pemiscot County Railroad Spur

Location: Caruthersville, Mo.

Client: Pemiscot County Port Authority

The Pemiscot County Railroad Spur has been constructed in several phases for the Pemiscot County Port Authority. Phase 1 consisted of total reconstruction of approximately 12,000 linear feet of rail on the existing abandoned railroad right-of-way from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) mainline tracks in the City of Hayti to a point where the proposed alignment leaves the existing rightway.

The port authority obtained the right-of-way from BNSF. Once the final alignment was established, all excess right-of-way was conveyed back to the adjacent property owners. Reused 112-pound rail was specified for this project, and both new and reused ties were utilized. In the City of Hayti there are eight street crossings, seven are asphaltic/timber and one concrete crossing at Missouri Route 84.

Phase 2 included the crossing of Drainage Ditch No. 6. An old timber trestle was removed and replaced with triple 12-foot-by-12-foot reinforced concrete box culvert.

Phase 3 consisted of taking the alignment off the abandoned right-of-way and through farm fields to the port. In this phase, the alignment will cross Missouri Route 84 and County Road 331. The crossing at Missouri Route 84, will be signalized and built under traffic.

  • Conceptual layout
  • Preliminary and final design
  • Contract document preparation
  • Construction

Burns & McDonnell entered into a professional engineering services agreement to provide preliminary and final design, prepare contract documents and provide construction services for a multiple phase project to construct a railroad spur line for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe main line in Hayti, Mo., to the Pemiscot County Port on the Mississippi River, a distance of approximately 6 miles. The project was partially constructed with state funding.

  • Railroad layout
  • Design
  • Several at-grade crossings, including signalization