Scott Paradise, CP's Chief Engineer, Eastern Region, discusses the recent challenges in Davenport.
Immediately following CP's track raise this spring, CP's engineers and consultants created designs for new, permanent crossings to restore access to the Davenport riverfront. The designs meet all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the American Association of Highway Transportation Officials and the Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications. They provide convenient, safe access across the new, higher track, which CP raised to enable train operations during this year's record floods.
At the city's request, CP is delaying final design and construction of the restored crossings to allow the city more time to ensure the roadway crossing designs blend with the city's future plans for the riverfront. Talks between CP and Davenport's engineering department are ongoing.
The photos in the "before" column below depict what some of these crossings looked like in years past from Google Maps views. The renderings in the "after" column come from engineering firm HDR Inc., and simulate what crossings would look like under current draft designs. These will continue to evolve based on the city's feedback.
Read CP Senior Vice President Tony Marquis’ op-ed on the Davenport track raise, which was published in the July 11 edition of the Quad-City Times.