The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) has taken a step forward in reshaping rail infrastructure in the region with the selection of the Flatiron/Herzog Joint Venture for the Franconia-Springfield Bypass.
This project is part of the Transforming Rail in Virginia (TRV) program, a $4 billion rail improvement program designed to deliver high-performance passenger and commuter rail services. The TRV initiative aims to expand connectivity and stimulate economic growth throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Franconia-Springfield Bypass, utilizing the Construction Manager/General Contractor project delivery method, aims to address congestion at one of Virginia’s busiest rail points between Fredericksburg and Washington, DC. This critical project involves the construction of an approximately 0.9-mile-long dedicated passenger rail bridge, strategically positioned just south of the Franconia-Springfield Metro station.
With the successful selection of the Flatiron/Herzog Joint Venture after a thorough evaluation of proposals, the project team is now set to kick off site clearing and early construction work by the end of March 2024. Full-scale construction is expected to commence in 2024, spanning two years and contributing to the broader vision of creating a more efficient and separate rail network for both passenger and freight trains.
“Herzog is honored to be part of the transformative Franconia-Springfield Bypass project in collaboration with Flatiron. Our joint venture harnesses the collective strength and expertise of both organizations, united by a shared commitment to excellence. We are dedicated to delivering an exceptional rail infrastructure solution to VRPA and support their vision for enhanced mobility in the region,” expressed Scott Norman, Executive Vice President of Construction for Herzog Contracting Corp.
The $405M Franconia-Springfield Bypass will be owned by VPRA and is designed to facilitate smoother passage for passenger trains by crossing over existing freight tracks. The project aligns with VPRA’s mission to establish two distinct rail corridors – one for passenger trains and another for freight trains, catering to both Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express services.
For further details on the Franconia-Springfield Bypass and other TRV projects, please visit the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority website.