The Minnesota Department of Transportation and its partners Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), City of Willmar, Kandiyohi County and the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will add a rail connection between two existing BNSF railway lines and modify surrounding roadways to better move freight through the city of Willmar.
The Willmar Rail Connector and Industrial Park Access Project (Willmar Wye) will provide a direct connection between the Marshall and Morris Subdivisions of the BNSF rail network. Providing this direct connection will decrease the number of trains that need to pull into the rail yard in downtown Willmar. The project also includes a rail spur that will provide access to the city of Willmar’s industrial park.
The purpose of the Willmar Wye project is to provide a direct connection between the Marshall and Morris Subdivisions of the BNSF Railway freight rail network, while also providing freight rail access to the City of Willmar’s industrial park.
In partnership with MnDOT, PE Services was able to serve in the role of environmental compliance for the duration of the work. As with any design-build project, the goal of this role is to ensure that project success is achieved when the intent of environmental compliance is realized during a fast-paced construction project with dynamic requirements. Key elements to environmental compliance include continuous dialog and open communication strategies. Along with this, meticulous detail was paid to ensure that permit conditions for all natural resources were adhered to during the 3-year project. In addition to ensuring adherence to current stage construction practices, PE Services also encourages work that minimizes future maintenance costs for MnDOT; ensuring a long-term sustainable project that yields results for generations to come.