Atkins has been awarded a construction management services contract by the Fort Worth & Western Railroad (FWWR) to provide on-site personnel to oversee safety and minimise the effects of a multibillion dollar expansion project undertaken by North Tarrant Express to relieve congestion, improve safety and provide for anticipated traffic growth in one of the country’s fastest developing regions.
Jon McDonald, Atkins’ transit and rail business sector manager, said: “This contract demonstrates a growing need in the freight rail industry for our technical expertise in both the freight rail and highway industries. Atkins will support FWWR with engineering, environmental and inspection services throughout its rail system in north central Texas.”
FWWR will be affected by the bridges and other structures being built on and near its facilities, and Atkins will review construction submittals and requests for information. FWWR is a short line freight railroad that operates 276 miles of track through eight counties in north central Texas. It serves more than 100 customers and moves more than 36,000 carloads annually.
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