Niagara Sheets Industrial Spur

Preliminary and final site plans were prepared for the $8 million Shawnee Road plant cardboard corrugating facility expansion.

The facility was served by an industrial spur constructed in the 1930s, which consisted of lightweight materials and offered limited loading dock space. The plant expansion required a dramatic increase in both the size and quantity of roll stock received by the facility, resulting in additional track loading and a shortage of dock space. The existing spur was removed and a new single-track spur was constructed from CSX Transportation's Lockport Industrial Track, providing the capacity and flexibility required by the industry.

Key project features included:

  • Evaluation of the existing track and determination of components to be salvaged for reuse in a relocated spur.

  • Evaluation of alternatives for providing multiple-dock access for unloading up to 25 boxcars per week.

  • Horizontal and vertical alignments for the 1,460-foot spur to avoid impacts to three wetland areas and meet geometric criteria required by CSX.

  • Evaluation of soil conditions and track/roadbed structural design for 286 K loading on very weak supporting soils.

  • Specification of a railcar moving system to reposition loaded/empty cars.

  • Plan and specification preparation to obtain approval from CSX.

  • Construction support.

Project Details


Wheatfield, NY


Niagara Sheets LLC (Smurfit Stone Container Corp.)

Construction Cost


Project Contact

William McCormick, PE
  • William McCormick, PE
  • 585-427-8888 x 1080
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