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Norfolk Southern Railway RFP for CREATE Project EW2

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Norfolk Southern Railway (NSR) is issuing a Request for Proposals to provide Structural, Track, and Civil Engineering Design services for CREATE Project EW2. Norfolk Southern desires to contract with Engineering Services Provider(s) (ESP) for four separate design packages for the rehabilitation/replacement of existing rail structures, track, signals, and viaducts. The EW2 component project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) implementing the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP) in Chicago that extends from the Ashburn Interlocking at the west end to the Dan Ryan Expressway at the east end. The intent of the EW2 Project is to improve mobility for rail passengers, freight, and roadway users by reducing rail-rail conflicts, reducing local mobility problems, and improving rail passenger transit service.


The ESP scope of work includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:

  • Topographical surveying
  • Geotechnical exploration, analysis, and recommendations
  • Drainage analysis and design
  • Viaduct inspection and roadway improvements
  • Field evaluation and analysis of structural components
  • Engineering design for proposed improvements for bridges, retaining

walls, viaducts, noise walls, sidewalks, ADA ramps, roadways, and


  • Development of bridge, retaining wall, civil, drainage, roadway, and

lighting construction plans

  • Development of the engineering estimates for all work to be


  • Project scheduling
  • Development of bid documents
  • Construction permitting
  • Coordination of utility removal/relocation required
  • Coordination with railroads, impacted government agencies and

stakeholders, including those in the City of Chicago, Cook County,

and the State of Illinois

  • Development of CREATE Phase II Reports as per the CREATE Phase

II Manual, including Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E)

packages, including prior developed components

  • CREATE program document control and ensuring process



Qualification documents will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Experience with Class I Railroad Projects
  • Experience with IDOT sponsored railroad projects
  • Technical Approach
  • Personnel Qualifications
  • Chicago area availability
  • DBE Participation
  • Overall proposal completeness


Interested firms will be required to comply with certain State and Federal policies, such as Equal Employment Opportunity, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation, and the Davis-Bacon Act.


A DBE spending goal of 30% has been established for each of the four design packages on this project. If this goal is not met or exceeded, documented evidence of good faith efforts is required. DBE firms must be currently listed on the Illinois Unified Certification Program directory.


Insurance requirements (subject to change) are: Commercial General Liability combined single limit $2M per occurrence; Automobile Liability combined single limit $2M per occurrence; Employers’ Liability Insurance; Workers’ Compensation Insurance; Professional Liability Insurance with limits of $10M per claim and in the annual aggregate; NSR requires that the railroad be named as an additional insured; Insurance coverage cannot be denied within 50 feet of a railroad.


A Health and Safety Plan is required. NS requires that a project manager be committed for the duration of the design work, which is anticipated to last approximately 15-18 months. Contractor safety orientation training and employee participation in the e-RailSafe program is required.


Please contact Richard Conrath at Email: to obtain a proposal package.


A mandatory Pre-Proposal Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 2, 2021, beginning at 9:00 AM CST at Kennedy King College – U Building, Great Hall, at 740 West 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60621. All attendees must follow City of Chicago Public Health Order No. 2021-1, while attending this meeting.


Register for this event at


Proposals are due at 12:00 noon CST on Friday, January 14, 2022, via e-mail to Contractor selection is anticipated to be finalized in February 2022.


For more information about the CREATE Program, please go to



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