Friday, August 03, 2012

FEC cashes in on Florida airport project

The Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood airport runway extension project in Broward County is producing a mini-boom in traffic for Florida East Coast Railway.

The regional railroad says it will be running two 80-car unit trains daily to and from the construction site, moving more than 15,000 tons a day of aggregate for extension of the elevated runway over U.S. 1 and the FEC mainline.

In order to handle the material at the job site, FEC began instruction on a rail spur July 2. Gulfstream Engineering and Gonzales and Sons installed 8,000 feet of track with more than 3,000 steel ties, using limestone and granite ballast, with 136 pound welded rail.