Northwest Ohio Trans-Shipment Terminal CSX Intermodal Terminals
North Baltimore, OH
EMH&T provided a broad range of services for this 540-acre state-of-the-art. The facility is the western anchor of the CSX National Gateway and is the cornerstone of their intermodal network. Serving as a hub facility within the CSX intermodal network, the terminal efficiently connects transcontinental containers moved between the intermodal networks of major western railroads and the CSX network. Being specifically designed for its hub purpose, while also serving the local shipping community, the terminal is the first of its kind worldwide. The facility is expected to handle a throughput capacity of nearly 2 million containers per year, including block swaps for trans-shipment. Services provided for the project include site design and layout for the terminal, design of 26 miles of railroad track including a 7 mile siding, process tracks, storage tracks and wye tracks, as well as design assistance with the 5 electric wide-span cranes, expandable to up to 8 cranes. EMH&T designed self-sustaining stormwater controls for compliance with SPCC and NPDES regulations, utilizing detention basins, forebays, and oil/water separators. Compensatory stormwater storage was incorporated within the facility to alleviate pre-existing flood conditions on adjacent land. EMH&T revised the preliminary site layout considerably, applying cost-conscious solutions through efficient value engineering to deliver the project under budget. In addition to designing the main terminal, EMH&T designed the railroad grade separation project and new terminal access intersections with a state highway as part of the off-site transportation improvements to the new CSX Intermodal Facility. The grade separation project is 0.6 miles long and includes a single span structure over four existing and four proposed railroad tracks leading into the Intermodal switching yard. Also associated with this improvement is the relocation of a 0.7 mile section of state highway and a new full-access facility intersection to accommodate all types of vehicular traffic. The project received the AREMA 2011 William W. Hay Award for Engineering Excellence, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio 2012 Engineering Excellence Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2015 Ohio EPA Silver Environmental Excellence Award.