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MRC Rail & Bridge Rehabilitation Phase II

Civil Design Inc. provided the design and construction administration of the rail and bridge rehabilitation project on the Mitchell to Rapid City (MRC) Railroad. The 104-mile stretch of track was designed to meet Class II standards for operation. The project was split into two phases: Phase I consisted of rail between Mitchell and Chamberlain and Phase II continuing from Chamberlain to Presho, South Dakota. 

Due to funding stipulations, project requirements such as only American made materials being used necessitated that each length of rail, joint bar, bolt and tie plate to be inspected upon arrival to the site. Additional challenges included: existing rail and OTM removal, installing new ties, installation of rail, crossing upgrades, ballast and surfacing, pipe rehabilitation, riprap and bank stabilization, and bridge upgrades and rehabilitation. CDI issued eleven separate construction contracts for Phase 1 and seven separate construction contracts for Phase 2 of this project. CDI also prepared a mitigation plan and applied for all wetlands permitting through the Corps of Engineers.

Upon completion of the project in 2016, all structures had the capacity for 286,000 pound cars.

Project Facts


Chamberlain to Presho, SD

$33 million