Pitt Tunnel Project Wins Engineering Awards

A tunnel project in Pittsburgh that was part of establishing the CSX National Gateway Network has won an engineering award.

The J&L Tunnel modification project the Project of the Year Award from the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania.

The awarding organizations cited the project’s safe completion, sustainability, cost-effectiveness and community benefits.
Completed in late 2013, the J&L Tunnel Project increased the vertical clearance of a 130-year-old tunnel running through Pittsburgh’s “SouthSide Works,” a mixed-use residential and commercial development on the site of former steel mill.

CSX worked with public officials, local businesses and residents to minimize noise and disruption during construction. CSX later restored trees and plantings, and made landscaping improvements to the overlying Tunnel Park.

The J&L Tunnel was constructed in the 1880s as part of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie line to enable trains to pass beneath the former J&L Steel Co.’s Pittsburgh Works facility.

CSX recently announced a $50 million proposal to redevelop the former P&LE yard in McKees Rocks and Stowe Township into a new intermodal rail facility.

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