The Antelope Valley East Leg “Big X” is a complex $24-million-dollar bridge project over the mainline Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks. At 1,200 feet long and 100 feet wide, this massive steel girder bridge spans five sets of tracks. The project also includes 60,000 square yards of paving across four lanes, sewers, and utilities.
Located near the University of Nebraska, these tracks presented a very dangerous situation for students who crossed regularly for campus access. And since the crossing was closed throughout the day each time a train passed, backups at these crossings often lasted up to 10 minutes each time. This happened day and night, causing a real nuisance and safety hazard to everyone relying on these access points.
Hawkins Construction was limited to very tight work windows – no more than 3 hours a day – because of the train traffic on the railroad tracks. Even so, Hawkins was able to re-sequence the project and fast-track critical activities, resulting in a completed project 11 months ahead of schedule – in November 2009 instead of October 2010.
This project, along with the other three legs of the elevated overpass that Hawkins Construction completed under a separate contract, allowed the closing of two very busy at-grade railroad crossings and created a new arterial to carry traffic from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to North 27th Street.
Joint Antelope Valley Authority (JAVA)