Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Pacific Canyon Railroad Bridge
Project Location:
Eureka County, Nevada

Converse Responsibilities:
Geotechnical Observation and Testing

The project was located southeast of Palisade, Nevada, where the westbound railroad tracks cross the Humboldt River before entering a tunnel. A westbound freight train had derailed and damaged the approximately 100-year-old bridge at this location. The railroad had replaced the damaged bridge with a new 7 span precast concrete trestle supported on HP14 x 89 pile bents. The pile load was about 112 tons. Converse performed a limited geotechnical investigation to gather information for the design of the new bridge, specifically whether the new piles could be driven or if drilling and socketing techniques would be required.Union Pacific - LV