Amtrak is ready to begin early construction activities as part of the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program. The first project is set to kick off on Friday, March 10, in the Halethorpe and West Baltimore areas. The work includes replacing aging wooden ties with new concrete ties, installing new rail and completing track drainage improvements.
This project is funded by a grant from the FY 2019 Federal-State Partnership for the State of Good Repair Program. These upgrades will enable high‐speed operations on all four tracks along this track segment.
The overnight work associated with track and tie replacement will take place on Track A from Winans to Bridge interlockings and is not expected to impact rail service. Bridge interlocking is located north of West Baltimore Station and Winans interlocking is at the south end of Halethorpe Station. This first phase of the project is targeted for completion early this summer, with additional project work related to the replacement of an existing turnout in Winans with a new high-speed turnout in a future phase.
At nearly 150 years old, the B&P Tunnel is Amtrak’s oldest tunnel on the Northeast Corridor and a single point of failure for both MARC and Amtrak trains. The 1.4-mile tunnel, connecting Baltimore to Washington, D.C., suffers from a variety of age-related issues such as excessive water infiltration, a deteriorating structure and delays that impact more than 10% of weekday trains.
The $6 billion program will eventually be advanced by Amtrak and its partners by utilizing federal funding provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The program is comprised of several investment projects to construct new bridges, rail systems and track, an ADA-accessible West Baltimore MARC station and the new Frederick Douglass Tunnel, which will include two new high-capacity tubes for electrified passenger trains.
-via Press Release