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New Mid-Suffolk Electric Yard
Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Long Island Rail Road
infrastructure, all scheduled to be
constructed while the yard continued
its 24-hour, seven-days-aweek
operations.
To accomplish this, the project
was divided into two phases
to preserve existing yard operations.
The first phase consisted
of 40,000-cubic yards of excavation,
sanitary and drainage
systems, construction of the
new employee facility, AC Substation
and supporting utilities.
Phase 2 included the demolition
of the existing employee facility,
construction of the new
lead and storage tracks, as well
as supporting facilities such as
utility sheds, switch tender/drill
crew sheds, hazmat and material
storage buildings and a new
guard booth.
Split across both phases of
the project, RCC also created
extensive electrical underground
ductbank systems to support
the construction of two new AC
power and DC traction power
electrical substations, yard
lighting, communication and
security systems, 3,000 linear
feet of water and fire mains, new
gas service, retaining walls, new
service roads and walkways.
The yard is a hub for both operational
and maintenance employees
and the new 32,000-squarefoot,
two-story, ADA-compliant
Employee Welfare Facility is
double the size of the previous
one. The employee facility, like
the yard, remains open and operational
24/7 and includes men's
and women's locker rooms, offices
(the Yard Master's office offers a
view of the entire yard), seminar
rooms, training offices and
a break room. Once employees
were relocated, demolition on
the old facility began.
With the former employee facility
removed, RCC began work
to install 11 new storage tracks and
lead track off of LIRR's main line
which consisted of 14,000 linear
feet of track and 13,000 linear feet
of third rail. More than 20 12-car
trains are capable of being stored in
the yard on nights and weekends.
Critical work such as FRA inspections,
maintenance and cleaning
efforts will also be performed in
the expanded yard. RCC Project
Manager Frank Spinozza, P.E.,
notes constant communication
and coordination between RCC,
the designer of record, HNTB, and
the owner, LIRR, was paramount
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A MID-CONSTRUCTION image of the 11 new storage
tracks and new lighting system that were constructed
during Phase 2 of the yard expansion project.
Companies involved with LIRR New
Mid-Suffolk Electric Yard Project
RCC served as the general contractor
with HNTB Corporation subcontracted to
perform design. The project also involved
additional subcontractors and suppliers:
* American Rail Marketing LLC -
Supplied 136RE Running Rail
* Century Group Inc. - Supplied Grade
Crossing Panels and Deflector Shields
* Cleveland Track Materials (part of Progress Rail)
- Supplied #8 and #10 Turnouts, Double Slip
Switch, Diamond Crossing and Derail Switch
* Eldor Contracting Corporation - Supplied
and Installed the DC Substation, Conduit,
Cabling/Power for Third Rail
* G&B Specialties, Inc. - Supplied Switch Stands
* Holland L.P. - Performed Flash-Butt Welding
* Orgo-Thermit, Inc. - Supplied Thermite Weld Kits
* Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc. (part of
Vossloh) - Supplied Concrete Ties
* Selco Manufacturing Corp. - Supplied
Third Rail Materials (Fiberglass Extension
Channels, Protection Board, Protection
Board Brackets, Insulators)
* Transtech - Supplied Third Rail (Conductor
Rail), Splice Bars and End Approaches
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