Rail Services

San Antonio, Texas


BNSF Railway Cadet Yard

Responsiveness. LJA was developing conceptual designs for a new classification yard when the client revealed that a bid package would need to be released to contractors in four weeks. LJA had previously designed infrastructure on the 280-acre site and had the “can do” attitude needed to meet BNSF’s fast-track schedule, delivering a bid–ready construction package that allowed the client to meet operational goals. LJA’s construction management team overcame numerous challenges during construction by being highly proactive.

LJA was responsible for the planning, design, permitting, and construction management of the 350 rail car yard. The yard includes 10 classification tracks, two setout tracks, a departure track, and a switching lead. Cadet Yard, named in honor of those who serve at the nearby Lackland Air Force Base, serves as a hub where BNSF is able to break up and rebuild trains to move between San Antonio, the Gulf Coast, and on to midwest destinations. In addition to the track improvements, LJA prepared construction packages for the grading and drainage improvements, yard lighting, utility relocations, electrical improvements, compressed air system, security fencing with both track and vehicular gates, and roadway modifications located in the TxDOT right-of-way.

For more information regarding this project, please contact Michael Mize, PE at mmize@lja.com.


Construction Management
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