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Old Colony Line Railroad Tie Replacement

Project Highlights:
  • Replaced 64 grade crossings which included pedestrian and vehicular traffic detours
  • Weekend shifts from Sat. 12:00 am to Monday 5:00 am
  • Daily shifts during off‐peak hours from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Provided substitute bussing for commuter rail passengers


The Old Colony Commuter Railroad (OCRR) Tie Replacement Project consisted of replacing approximately 125,000 deteriorated concrete ties with 153,900 new pre‐plated wood ties including ballasting, tamping, surfacing, aligning, compacting, and thermal adjustment of the Continuous Welded Rail in the tie replacement areas.

In addition, J.F. White was required to resurface approximately 24.5 miles of existing ballasted track and special track. The project also included the full depth replacement of 64 grade crossings and de‐leading, painting, structural steel, concrete and drainage repairs at the Union St. Bridge in Braintree. The project encompassed 19 communities in Southeastern, MA which included three (3) separate OCRR lines: Middleborough, Plymouth and Kingston Branch and Old Colony Main Line.

The original project duration was 21 months. A moratorium on all tie replacement and grade crossing work was imposed from January to Mid‐ March. J.F. White was able to accelerate the schedule by employing multiple crews for the tie replacement work and completing multiple grade crossings on weekends and completed the project in 12 months

Contract value: $35,100,000.