CP Rail Belle Plaine Railway Spur

Location: Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan to K+S Potash Mine
Description: CP Rail entered into a long term service agreement with K+S Canada to move potash from their Legacy mine, currently under construction, to market. To facilitate the movement of the potash CP Rail is constructing 30.5 kilometers of new railway from the mine located near Findlater, SK to the existing Kalium Spur near Belle Plaine, SK. Through competitive bidding processes KPCL was chosen as the General Contractor to manage and construct the new rail grade that includes a 108 meter long steel girder and precast span bridge to cross the Qu’Appelle River and a multiplate steel tunnel structure to carry municipal traffic over the railway spur. The railway grade consists of an estimated 9 million cubic meters of earth excavation and 7.5 million cubic meters of embankment construction across prairie farmland and through the deep Qu’Appelle Valley. The south valley wall excavation consists of cuts over 25 meters deep through a number of aquifers while the new embankment towers nearly 30 meters above the original valley floor in places. The north valley wall excavation consists of cuts in excess of 35 meters deep. With a compressed construction schedule of just 16 months, over 370,000 lineal meters of vertical wick drains are being installed in the valley floor to expedite settlement and help maintain the schedule. To accommodate drainage around the track structure over 2,900 meters of CSP culvert varying in diameters from 600 mm to 3500 mm will be installed in runs extending up to 275 meters in length through the main valley embankment. In addition there are 31 utility crossings to negotiate during construction consisting of water, high pressure gas and liquids, electrical and telephone with a number requiring specialized protection methods and modifications to accommodate construction and the new rail embankment.
Owner: Canadian Pacific Railway Company
Completion Date: In Progress – Scheduled Completion Fall 2016
Prime Consultant: Clifton Associates Ltd. & Hatch Mott MacDonald