From bottleneck to open road.
| - Field Survey
- Railroad Design
- Roadway Design
- Bridge Design
- Construction Engineering
When the Canadian National rail bed crossing Star Landing Road in Desoto County was opened to rail traffic in 1849, the city fathers probably didn't anticipate that the county would become one of the fastest growing in Mississippi. But when the county's population was exploding in the early 2000's, the board of supervisors knew that something needed to be done about the bottleneck created by the one-lane underpass that had been servicing the CN Railroad since 1849.
Pickering was the ideal choice to provide the broad array of services that would be necessary to open up Star Landing road to current and future traffic. First, Pickering provided the required NEPA documents for just over a half-mile of Star Landing Road and a similar distance of Canadian National Railroad right-of-way in anticipation of replacing the railroad bridge.
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In total, Pickering provided the necessary NEPA documentation, survey, design, and construction engineering services required to replace the one-lane underpass with a new, state-of-the-art, four-lane underpass. To keep rail traffic flowing continuously throughout the project, a temporary "shoo-fly" track approximately one mile long was constructed. The permanent track required a grade change of ten feet to accommodate the new roadway and the installation of two bridges.
Pickering received a 2011 "Award for Excellence" from the American Council of Engineering Companies for this project.
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