Highmore 110 Car Railroad Shuttle Facility
The Kennebec Coop Elevator, being located along I-90 west of the Missouri River had no access to rail for shipping grains, and thus its markets were restricted to locations accessible by truck. In a bold move, the Coop secured land in Highmore, SD, along the DM&E mainline railroad and constructed a grain elevator and high capacity loadout for loading grain trains. CDI assisted by providing site planning and design for the elevator, positioning the scales, truck driving lanes and unloading pit at the elevator.
As part of the planning process, CDI developed a plan for loading 110 car shuttle trains. DM&E could then transfer trains to BNSF rail at a nearby junction, allowing the elevator to have access to both railroads. CDI designed all aspects of the rail system including the grading. A unique aspect of the project involved relocation of a primary electrical line owned by Northwestern Energy.
The owner chose a Design/Build delivery method. CDI coordinated all aspects of construction. Project funding was supplied partially by a Community Development Block Grant, a loan from the South Dakota Rail Board and private funds.