Consolidated Rail Loading Facility
SGS served as the Design-Builder for the Rail Loading Facility at Fort Polk, Louisiana. As a power projection platform and the home of the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk serves as the transportation hub for over twenty brigade size movements annually.
This project consumed over ½ mile of wooded terrain and now enables the deployment of 4,000 rail cars to rapidly move 16,000 pieces of rolling stock (tanks and other tracked vehicles) more efficiently and more safely than ever before. It allows the Army to deploy various tactical weapon vehicles in hours rather than weeks. With the War on Terrorism increasing in intensity with each passing day, this rapid deployment rail loading complex has become an extremely important facility in the Army’s rapid response mission. Scope of work included the following:
Demolition of the existing concrete ramp and asphalt road.
Installation of six new railroad spurs with lead track, end ramps hardstand staging area and rail ramp approach.
Large Equipment Storage Shelter Area.
New duct bank to house the relocation of existing fiber optics and telephone cabling.
An exterior and security lighting system for the rail yard, vehicle staging area, and vehicle parking lots.
Administration Building allowing the Army to control operations of the entire facility.
Concrete paving, aggregate paving, and asphalt paving with curbs and gutters.
An elaborate subsurface drainage system for the vehicle staging and container loading areas.
Fort Polk, Louisiana
2.5 Miles of Railroad Tracks
3,000 SF Admin. Bldg.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers