The Pioneer Valley Bridge Strike Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Safety Project will replace aging rail and ties on the Pioneer Valley Railroad (PVRR) to improve operational efficiency and eliminate the immediate risk of failure on the East Mountain Road Bridge. The project will construct a new rail overpass, reduce truck-bridge impacts by installing new flashing traffic warning devices in partnership with the City of Westfield, MA, replace aging 80# rail with 100# rail, and install 6,000 new crossties.
The project will cost $3,594,229 and PVRR will pledge a match of 50%, or $1,797,115. The project will create a benefit-cost ratio of 2.82-to-1.00 and $6,112,982 in net benefits.
The East Mountain Road Bridge is a 100-year-old overpass and is struck repeatedly by truck traffic—including twice during the writing of this application. PVRR’s bridge engineers estimate the bridge will be knocked out of service by a vehicular strike or structure failure within the next three years and customers will lose access to CSX in Westfield or Pan Am Railways (PAS) in Holyoke. Replacing the bridge and upgrading the track of PVRR from FRA Class 1 to Class 2 will increase resiliency, improve customer service, and ensure ongoing access to all currently available destinations.
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A. Narrative: PVRR_A_Narrative.pdf – The project narrative.
C. Benefit-Cost Analysis: PVRR_C_BCA.xlsx – Benefit-Cost Analysis in MS Excel form.
D. BCA Explanation: PVRR_D_BCA_Explain.pdf – Explanation of the BCA.
E. Documentation Letters: PVRR_E_Documentation.pdf – Letters from the heads of PVRR departments and consultants explaining values used in the BCA and this narrative.
G. Support Letters: PVRR_G_Support.pdf – Letters of support from U.S. Representative Richard Neal (D-MA01); U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA02); MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack; Westfield, MA Mayor Donald F. Humason, Jr.; Mr. David Fink, Pan Am Railways; NGL Supply Wholesale; William F. Sullivan & Co.; Williams Stone; Mass. Bay R.R. Enthusiasts;
H. Project Budget: PVRR_H_Budget.xlsx – Budget documents.
I. Commitment Letter: PVRR_I_Commitments.pdf – Letter from PVRR General Manager David Pederson committing 50% match and the letter of Westfield, MA Mayor Donald F. Humason, Jr. committing to maintain warning devices.
J. Bridge Reports: PVRR_J_Bridge_report.pdf – 2018 and 2019 Crouch Engineering inspection reports for the East Mountain Road Bridge.
K. Preliminary Drawings: PVRR_K_Engineering.pdf – Crouch Engineering PE drawings for East Mountain Road Bridge.
L. Procurement Statement: PVRR_L_Procurement.pdf – Statement that the applicant has a system for procuring property and services under an award.