Project Overview
The City of Davenport received EDA funding for the construction of a transload facility to assist with the economic growth of the city. This project required combining competitive rail access issues, developing a freight logistics market analysis overall development of final designs for the facility that fit within these findings and grant funding limits, and provided construction management oversight for the city and EDA.

The final project allows for transloading liquid and dry bulk commodities (with containment systems), warehouse space with inside unloading capabilities, as well as outside lay down yards. The facility supports multiple commodity types in a highly efficient operational design. The initial phase allows for accommodating up to 1,500 railcars annually. The design provides room for expansion to meet the demands of the market and can be built out without impacting ongoing operations.

ERS kept the project moving forward despite many challenges, including having to surcharge the site to expedite soil settlement. ERS also recommended revising the property acquisition to meet rail geometry requirements, provided analysis and verify CP branch line serviceability, negotiated on behalf of the city to extend EDA schedule due to changes by CP Railway, and prepared and reviewed the operator RFP and selection.