Railroad crossing systems have changed over the years, from nothing at all to using wood, to asphalt, to rubber crossing. Typically, those systems were installed right on top of the ballasted railroad ties.
Today, the most common railroad crossings are made of precast concrete. Precast offers many advantages. Like the other systems, Precast can be installed on top of railroad ties, however, several Precast systems can be installed on a road base. Installing a Precast system on a road base is a much better long-term solution. Because of their durability, speed of installation, and flexibility, Precast has become the most popular option.
For these primary reasons, precast concrete crossings are the ideal solution. Precast systems can be placed much faster. Where cast in place concrete would shut down the line for days, precast pieces can be laid in place and affixed to the track in a day or two, or less depending on the size and complexity of the crossing.
Although the crossings are long-lasting, track materials in and around the crossing may not be. For this reason, precast systems are manufactured so that post-installation maintenance can be performed.
In addition to the crossing themselves, we make precast box culverts large enough to allow passage underneath the track and strong enough to handle vehicle and train weight. In places where track must cross over streams or other short spans, Columbia Precast creates three-sided bridges. As durable as box culverts, these bridges have a smaller footprint and cause less disruption to the surrounding area or waterway.
We manufacture precast products in a controlled environment to ensure our customers get the highest-quality crossing pads, culverts, and bridges. We strength test all of our pieces after the appropriate amount of hardening and strengthening has occurred. That way our pieces are ready to go when you are.
Columbia Precast Concrete has continually worked to improve our railroad crossing designs. Using support services required for the most advanced projects, we’ve completed major customized jobs with local partners. Our pieces have been used in both private and public applications.
No matter if you need complex pads, several bridges, or large culverts to complete your railroad crossings, Columbia Precast Products is the premier concrete company in the Pacific Northwest. Contact us today for an estimate on your railroad crossing needs – we look forward to hearing from you!