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CSX J&L Tunnel Project Earns Two Engineering Awards
Fla. - February 25, 2014 - CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) today announced that
its J&L Tunnel Modification Project in Pittsburgh has won the Project of
the Year Award from the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP)
and the Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council
of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA). These awards recognize
the J&L Tunnel Project's safe completion, sustainability,
cost-effectiveness and community benefits.
Completed in late 2013, the
J&L Tunnel Project increased the vertical clearance of a 130-year-old
tunnel running through Pittsburgh's SouthSide Works, a mixed-use residential
and commercial development. CSX worked closely with public officials, local
businesses and residents to minimize noise and disruption during
construction. Upon completion of the tunnel work, CSX restored trees and
plantings, and invested in landscaping improvements which left the overlying
Tunnel Park a more usable recreational space.
"The J&L Tunnel
Project is a great example of CSX's commitment to invest in infrastructure
that supports American businesses and growth while respecting the
communities in which we operate," said Randy Cheetham, regional vice president, CSX Transportation. "We have a long history in the Pittsburgh community, and are proud to invest here to keep the Pittsburgh region moving for many years to come."
The J&L Tunnel Project is part of CSX's
National Gateway, a public-private partnership to create a double-stack
freight rail corridor between Mid-Atlantic seaports and the Midwest.
Through the National Gateway, CSX continues to invest in infrastructure
projects that support expected increases in intermodal freight rail
In Pittsburgh, CSX recently unveiled a $50 million proposal to
redevelop the former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (P&LE) Railroad Yard in
McKees Rocks and Stowe Township into a new intermodal rail facility. In
Washington, D.C., CSX is working closely with local and federal authorities
to evaluate alternatives for the more than 100-year-old Virginia Avenue
Tunnel, a major chokepoint on the nation's rail network.
Tunnel was constructed in the 1880s as part of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad line to allow trains beneath the former J&L Steel
Company's Pittsburgh Works Southside facility. Today, the tunnel is an
important component of CSX's freight rail infrastructure and a critical
transportation link for the Pittsburgh regional economy.
Project of the Year Award aims to advance the professions of engineering,
architecture and applied sciences through its activities and commitment to
public service, recognizing four exemplary projects across the state each
year. The J&L Tunnel Project earned the award in the Commercial category
for its safety, cost-effectiveness, and ability to deliver long-term
economic benefits to the local community. The Diamond Awards for Engineering
Excellence from the ACEC/PA celebrates the achievements of member firms who
have demonstrated innovation, a commitment to sustainable practices,
economic value and superior client service.
CSX, based in
Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides
rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to
customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com.
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