Projects

Union Pacific Railroad - Graettinger

A Union Pacific Railroad bridge in Graettinger, Iowa was failing due to limestone deterioration under 12 piers. This 100-year old bridge was in need of repair, as limestone is an outdated building method and does not hold up compared to newer materials like concrete.

Using 50-ton hydraulic jacks and shore towers to jack up the steel spans, Hawkins removed the existing limestone piers, and replaced them with new precast sections. All repairs were performed between train traffic using eight 5-hour windows. The anticipated lifespan of the project is 70 years or more.

Project Details

Client:
Union Pacific (UPRR)
Location:
Graettinger, IA
Completed:
2015
Value:
Private
Category:
Rail

"Hawkins Construction Company has been a vital partner in building some of Nebraska's most iconic transportation projects — like the West Dodge elevated expressway and the Interstate 80 six-lane between Omaha and Lincoln. Hawkins’ teams consistently help solve problems on-site, create accurate documents, and minimize unnecessary changes — all at extremely competitive prices.”

Randall D. Peters P.E.
NDOR Director-State Engineer, 2012 -2015
Associate Professor of Practice
UNL Department of Civil Engineering