Michigan Department of Transportation


Project Name

Dearborn-Ypsilanti Double Track Project


Dearborn-Ypsilanti, MI

Project Description

With the pending sale of 180 miles of railroad property from Norfolk Southern to the State of Michigan and high speed rail development grant funds from the Federal Railroad Administration, the Michigan Department of Transportation is pursuing multiple track improvement projects in the Dearborn Subdivision corridor between Dearborn and Kalamazoo. One such project includes the restoration of a 10 mile double track segment and the reinstallation of previously removed second track for approximately 9 miles in order to enhance the operational interface between freight and passenger rail and to allow Class 6 110 MPH passenger service.

The 19-mile project between Dearborn and Ypsilanti incorporates multiple high speed crossovers and turnouts, track alignment improvements, grading and drainage improvements and grade crossing improvements. Quandel developed final plans, specifications and estimates utilizing state-of-the-art technologies such as Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) for base mapping creation, Ground Penetrating Radar for subsurface exploration, and Bentley RailTrack for track and civil design.