Rutherford County, North Carolina
Horsehead Corporation's selection of a greenfield site in rural Rutherford County, North Carolina was driven in part by the fact that the site had very good access to CSX's mainline corridor. The site did present its challenges as the topography of the site as well as the proximity of a long mainline curve along the site required some creative solutions to providing access to this heavy manufacturing facility that would produce 150,000 tons of zinc per year. CivilSmith, LLC teamed up with Creative Rail Solutions, LLC to provide a wide range of services to include preliminary design, the Preliminary Engineering Report for grant funding, detailed rail design, rough track roadbed grading design, track construction specifications, bidding and contract documents, and construction observation services.
CSX Mainline & Greenfield Site
CivilSmith and Creative Rail Solutions coordinated with numerous other design team members, Horsehead Corporation, NCDOT, and CSX throughout the entire duration of the project to develop rail designs that met the rail capacity needs of this heavy industrial process while meeting the strict design requirements of CSX. This project was partially grant-funded and as such required meticulous development of bidding and contract documents that met the requirements of both Rutherford County and NCDOT.
CSX Mainline & Site After Development
Service Tracks and Storage Yard - Near Completion
Parallel Staging / Switching Sidings Along CSX Mainline
Mainline Power-Operated & Signalized Turnouts at CSX Mainline
Plant in Full Operation
Aerial Image of Completed Track Construction (Photo from Horsehead Corp.)
Civil / Site Design: Odom Engineering
Track Construction: STX Corporation
Track Roadbed Grading: Clary Hood