Bridge & Rail Crossing Design and Permitting

Natural Gas Pipelines Affecting Bridge & Rail Crossings

Full-Scope Design & Permitting 

There are specific regulations that pertain to the design and construction of bridges and railroad crossings for natural gas pipelines. CHI has specific expertise in the design, permitting and installation of natural gas bridge and railroad crossings that allow for faster permitting and more efficient construction.

Bridge crossings are usually owned by the highway department of the state and regulations will vary on a state-by-state basis.

Railroad tracks are all somewhat similar in their requirements, but there are still specific requirements for how the pipeline can cross under a railroad. The railroad will own the property, and gas pipeline designs need to comply with the railroad requirements.

Natural Gas Expertise 

CHI has designed and permitted numerous natural gas pipeline projects that included bridge and rail crossings. We have successfully resolved many problems that arise during permitting and construction. Our more than 35 years of experience with the construction, operation and maintenance of these pipelines will ensure that your crossings are designed and permitted efficiently.

Q. Can the existing pipeline stay in service while work is performed?

A. In some cases, a temporary bypass may be required while new piping is being installed. The most cost-efficient way is to shut down the pipeline while the replacement is being performed. CHI has designed for both situations many times.

Q. How is pipeline work conducted when there is traffic?

A. Traffic control plans, designed in accordance with DOT standards, may be required to conduct the gas main or pipeline construction. These plans direct the contractor to set up the required safety signage to manage traffic during construction.