The Project will address rising level of Devil's Lake that floods the BNSF rail line between Devil's Lake and Church's Ferry, North Dakota. The Project will ensure the rail line remains open to passenger and freight traffic, and avoids rerouting these trains. The Project involves: replacing bolted rail with continuous welded rail between mile post 31.50 and mile post 91.00 and between mile post 105.51 and mile post 114.25 (approximately 52.5 miles); raising approximately 12.4 miles of rail line grade between mile post 91.39 and mile post 105.43 five feet; placing rip rap on slopes; and paying costs related to engineering, construction management, crossing adjustments, and other incidental work.
These improvements will ensure continued Amtrak service that will be able to operate at a faster speed, improving long-term reliability, and will reduce maintenance costs for both passenger and freight trains. There has been extensive coordination between North Dakota, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Railroad Administration to ensure timely permitting and environmental approval process. Through careful engineering and planning, the rail improvements will be constructed with little to no environmental impact. All work will be completed within existing right-of-way.