Engineering, construction companies selected for Uinta Basin project

Three companies involved in the design and construction of the Utah Railroad

Uinta Basin Railway LogoFORT WORTH, Texas — Engineering and construction teams have been selected for the Uinta Basin Railway project in Utah, parent company Rio Grande Pacific Corp announced.

The companies selected to participate in the development of the 85-mile railroad in northeastern Utah are:

— AECOM, which will design the railway, except for its tunnels;

— Skanska-WW Clyde Joint Venture, which will construct the route, excluding the tunnels;

— Obayashi Corp, which will design and construct the tunnels.

“Many qualified and technically competent engineering and construction companies, including most major American companies, have pursued the Uinta Basin Railroad project and provided us with creative and high quality responses,” said Rio Grande Pacific CEO Richard Bertel. A press release. “AECOM, Skanska-Clyde and Obayashi provided the best fit for our project objectives of the companies we interviewed.”

Rio Grande Pacific said a key criteria for selecting companies was their commitment to tribal and local hiring preference, and to include hands-on construction and engineering companies in the pool to the greatest extent. ‘Uinta and the counties within the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, the organization supporting the rail project.

The Uinta Basin received federal approval in December 2021 [see “STB clears path for Uinta Basin Railway project,” Trains News Wire, Dec. 16, 2021]. According to the Uinta Basin Railway websitedesign work is scheduled for this year with construction in 2023 and 2024.

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