Engineering, Inspections, and Construction Supervision following Lac Megantic Accident

Engineering, Inspections, and Construction Supervision following Lac Megantic Accident

Following the Lac Mégantic accident, the Quebec Transport Ministry (MTQ) mandated SYSTRA Canada with providing engineering services

Following the Lac Mégantic accident, the Quebec Transport Ministry (MTQ) mandated SYSTRA Canada (formerly CANARAIL) with providing engineering services to: (I) Identify options to temporarily reinstate the existing rail link; (II) Define alignment alternatives to bypass the city center; (III) Prepare plans and specifications for construction, (IV) Support the MTQ during tendering process; (V) Supervise construction work; and (VI) Inspect MMA infrastructures throughout Quebec.

The MMA incident on July 6, 2013, was due to a train fuel derailment in the Lac Mégantic city center and had enormous human and environmental impacts. Following this disaster, rail operations between the main line and the industrial park area were shut down permanently preventing any resumption of the economic activities of Lac Mégantic’s logistics companies.

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Return of railway service in Lac Mégantic
The rehabilitation study of the rail link focused on the feasibility of a temporary connection to Lac Mégantic city center, a permanent link to bypass the city, the rehabilitation of the industrial park, and a temporary transfer center.

Railway rehabilitation work and specifications
Detailed rehabilitation definition study, cost estimate of supplies, and work for a rehabilitation of the main track and spur link to the industrial park, including drainage and ditch cleaning.

Inspection and audit of MMA infrastructures in Quebec
Visual inspection, assessment of infrastructure condition (bridges, tracks and level crossings) of all MMA subdivisions (38 km) and assessment of infrastructure rehabilitation costs.

Work supervision
Construction work supervision for the rehabilitation of the main line and the spur links to the industrial park. The work required coordination with other parties involved in the rehabilitation including decontamination.

Inspection and audit of MMA infrastructures in Quebec
Visual inspection, assessment of infrastructure conditions (bridges, tracks, and level crossings) of all MMA subdivisions (381km), and assessment of infrastructure rehabilitation costs.

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