A refinery with more than 1,600 employees created the need for a new Additional Refinery Access Road (ARAR) to relieve heavy traffic on a local highway. Two phases of the roadway, north and south sections, were planned to provide access inside the plant.
Thompson Engineering was hired to perform as the Engineering, Procurement & Construction Management (EPCM) contractor for the highly visible, schedule-driven road project totaling $9-million in construction costs for both phases.
The construction of the south portion of the ARAR project accommodated crossing of five major underground pipelines in soft subsurface conditions and across ponded water areas. It also required installation of a pile supported concrete bridge across a drainage ditch, and design and installation of traffic signalization for a crossroad. Despite significant periods of inclement weather and logistical challenges coordinating with several external stakeholders, the 2.5-mile design and construction was completed on schedule. Services also included permitting support for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and interface with the State Department of Environmental Quality.
The north section of road, 1.75-miles long, consists of a two-lane asphalt roadway, shoulders, railroad crossings, and demolition work. The northernmost 700 feet of the project includes a new CSX railroad at-grade crossing. Stakeholder coordination included CSX railroad, City and County Agencies, communications and power companies and adjacent property owners.