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MAR's Amtrak Project is On Track for Autumn Completion

"The project is going well, and we're on schedule."  That's the assessment from Cianbro Senior Project Manager Pete McCormick, who is handling the important Amtrak Ivy City Substation and Transmission Line Project from Landover, Maryland to Amtrak's Ivy City Yard in Washington, D.C.  Cianbro's duties include the setting of 66 steel transmission poles and pulling in conductor.  The poles vary in height from 75 feet to 110 feet.  Team members have been setting poles since mid-May and are now about half-way completed with that portion of the project.  Pete says the team plans to start installing conductor in August.

The Baltimore branch of Cianbro Fabrication and Coating Corporation is now delivering the first loads of structural steel to the site of the new substation.  Concrete work at the substation should wrap up next week.  The facility's grounding grid is going in this week, and team members are applying back fill over the grounding grid and other structures at the same time.

Another key factor in Cianbro's work day is the number of trains that hurtle through the jobsite.  More than 100 trains per day pass near Cianbro's team.  "Our people are pretty accustomed to working around the train schedule," said McCormick.  "But it's important that our team members don't get too accustomed.  They always have to stay aware, due to the potential danger that the trains bring to the jobsite."

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