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CP's Western corridor expansion project

Western Corridor Capacity Expansion

New, expanded tracks speed transport and boost trade

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) | Canada

Conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design
$160 million construction cost

Challenges

  • In response to a surge in trade with Asia, CP embarked on a $160 million track-expansion program between Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and the Port of Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • 26 separate double-rack and siding-extension projects stretched across three Canadian provinces.
  • Design sensitivity was exercised with respect to important First Nation and environmental issues.

Solutions

  • Approximately 56 miles of new track were constructed, including 89 turnouts.
  • Test plans, drawings, and software were created for 170 signal locations: shop-wired, 98; field- rewired, 72.
  • A variety of civil design and construction techniques were used to address different issues in Prairie and Rocky Mountain terrain.
  • Hatch’s services included conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design in the civil, track, signals, and communication disciplines, as well as program and construction management.
  • Our services extended to developing tender packages, preparing bid evaluations, administering construction contracts and project controls. 

Highlights

  • The expansion increased capacity by 12 percent in Western Canada, representing an increase of about 400 freight cars per day.
  • CPR selected Hatch on a sole-source basis to provide program, design, and construction management services to deliver this fast-track project.
  • Several Hatch staff were awarded the CP Gold Ingenuity Award to commend them for their performance on the project. 

Project numbers

  • $160 million construction cost.
  • The expansion increased capacity by 12 percent in Western Canada, representing an increase of about 400 freight cars per day.
  • 26 separate double-track and siding-extension projects stretched across three Canadian provinces.
  • Approximately 56 miles of new track was constructed, including 89 turnouts. 

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