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BECHTEL TO RENOVATE HISTORIC VIADUCT AND TRANSIT STATION

 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Bechtel has been awarded a contract for the construction management of a $110 million, six-year rehabilitation of a heavily used railroad viaduct and nearby train station that serve as the only access between New York City's northern suburbs and busy Grand Central Terminal.
 Bechtel Civil Company was selected by Metro North Commuter Railroad to provide construction management and inspection services for the upgrading and improvement of both the Park Avenue Viaduct and New York's historic 125th Street Station. Both are vital New York transportation links that were built nearly 100 years ago, with the station handling approximately 600 trains a day that pass through carrying 160,000 passengers.
 Bechtel's contract calls for it to initially review all plans and specifications during the design stage of the project. Later, the company will be involved with the replacement of tracks, the renovation of steel columns and girders, improvements to track geometry, the installation of handicapped-accessible elevators, and the renovation of the station.
 The viaduct structure, built between the years 1893 and 1895, supports four mainline tracks between a tunnel entrance at 97th Street and the Harlem River Lift Bridge at 132nd Street. The station, the only one on the viaduct, was built during the same period and is used by an estimated 4,000 passengers a day. The station building underwent an earlier restoration in 1990 and is on the state's official register of historic places.
 "The challenge we face will be in replacing a viaduct that's located in a confined urban setting, while at the same time not impeding the passage of 600 trains a day, says Walter C. Bell, a Bechtel vice president and manager of its transportation business line.
 "Of course, these logistics make the assignment much more difficult than building a similar facility from scratch. But we're eager and delighted to be a part of such a challenge."
 Bell said work on the project will begin immediately, with completion scheduled for 1998.
 Bechtel is a recognized world leader in the engineering and construction of complex transportation projects. So far in its history, the company has been involved in the development of 50 large bridges, 2,100 miles of railroads, 13 modern rapid transit systems, 17,000 miles of highways and roads, 65 airports, and 80 ports and harbor projects.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Miller of Bechtel, 415-768-6144/


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