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October 19, 2014

New Mexico Border Authority selects HNTB for new rail bypass feasibility study

The New Mexico Border Authority in the US has selected construction management firm HNTB to conduct a feasibility study for a new rail bypass and international rail border crossing near the Santa Teresa port of entry into Mexico.

By Samseer M

The New Mexico Border Authority in the US has selected construction management firm HNTB to conduct a feasibility study for a new rail bypass and international rail border crossing near the Santa Teresa port of entry into Mexico.

HNTB said that both the rail bypass and international rail border crossing will be constructed based on the economic success experienced with the recent opening of Union Pacific Railroad’s Strauss Yard.

The technical expertise and regional insight for the study will be given by the associates of HNTB. The study is expected to be completed within a period of one-year.

"Successful implementation of this project carries with it the potential to dramatically enhance the economic vitality of the region."

HNTB rail practice leader Joe Lileikis said: "HNTB has been engaged in this project for a decade by participating in advisory committee meetings between the states of New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua, and the three freight rail carriers in the region.

"Successful implementation of this project carries with it the potential to dramatically enhance the economic vitality of the region."

A public outreach programme will be developed for coordination between governmental agencies of Chihuahua, New Mexico and Texas, local stakeholders and the three freight rail carriers, Union Pacific Railroad; BNSF Railway and Ferrocarril Mexicana (Ferromex).

HNTB had previously built the Brownsville-Matamoros West Rail Bypass port of entry in south Texas, the first international rail crossing in Texas between the US and Mexico.

In addition to delivering construction services, the company provided the planning, environmental clearance, presidential permitting, funding and design for the project.

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