Sheffield Junction Intersection, USA
Eliminator® overcomes adverse weather conditions on large scale rail project.
Over the years, increases in rail traffic through the Sheffield Junction Intersection had led to bottlenecks, and idle freight trains mean loss of profits. This was affecting not only Kansas City traffic but also traffic on Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern railroads.
The solution was a new 3-mile long rail flyover at the Intersection. And the Eliminator® Bridge Deck Water proofing System was used on what was then its largest US rail project to date.
Kansas City Terminal Railway Company
- Sheffield Junction
TranSystems Corporation’s innovative approach to install 80ft precast and prestressed beams won the American Consulting Engineers Council’s Honor Award in 2001. The development itself, however, was faced with many difficulties.
The Intersection is in the middle of an industrial part of the City. This meant that the engineers had to relocate a cold water chilling system for a neighbouring steel plant and cope with the problems of argon, nitrogen and natural gas carrier lines for adjacent businesses.
For much of the project there was insufficient space for a site to store the massive steel beams and concrete spans, and deliveries could only take place at certain times as the trucks were restricted as to when they could use adjacent roads.
Once the bridge was in place, PAR1 primer was used to prime the new surface, and this was then covered with 2 coats of Eliminator.
Due to the fast curing of the membrane, the track contractor was able to bring in equipment within 24 hours to put down ballast and lay track. The waterproofing of the bridge was carried out in the winter. Eliminator‘s ability to cure under adverse weather conditions meant that the project could go ahead despite the cold wet weather of a Missouri winter.
The project was clearly a massive success, seeing the speed of rail traffic through Kansas City increasing from 15 to 50 miles an hour. Eliminator was chosen as its track record for longevity was in line with the project goal of lowering future maintenance costs. Thanks to the speed of application, the contractor was ableto finish the project two months ahead of schedule.