Construction of rail yard and spur began March 2010
September 2011 With lights, fire suppression equipment, signals and ancillary equipment installed, the MRL intermodal yard is complete and ready to use.
May 2011 Touch up work continues on the three tracks installed at the MRL intermodal facility. Two tracks are for trains carrying double-stacked containers cars and the third is a runaround track for moving locomotives.
April 2011 Rail and ballast along the track that extends more than 6,000 feetisinstalled. Concrete crossings are installed perpendicular to the tracks to allow vehicle access to load and unload rail cars.
February 2011 Concrete pads are placed to provide the surface upon which cranes will travel to load and unload double-stacked rail cars. The north bank of lights (right) that will illuminate the rail yard are visible. And, concrete rail ties are stacked (foreground) awaiting installation.
February 2011 Double tracks are installed across the railroad bridge built across the storm drainage system at the Mesquite Regional Landfill.
January 2011 Earthmovers continue to grade and compact the ground surface of what will be the Mesquite Regional Landfill intermodal facility.
January 2011 Undercrossings are installed along the rail spur to ensure safe access for the desert tortoise.
January 2011 Coffman Specialty, Inc. crews smooth a cement deck into place on the railroad bridge built over the stormwater drain on the western edge of the Mesquite Regional Landfill.
January 2011 Cement is poured on the span of the railroad bridge being constructed over the stormwater drain at the Mesquite Regional Landfill.
December 2010 Fiber-optic line installed along Highway 78 to connectthe Mesquite Regional Landfill with telephone and data service.
November 2010 Crews secure girders in place for the railroad bridge being built to span the stormwater drainage system at the Mesquite Regional Landfill.
November 2010 A crane lifts massive girders into place for the railroad bridge being constructed over the stormwater channel at the Mesquite Regional Landfill.
October 2010 The first Union Pacific Railroad locomotive used to test the Mesquite Regional Landfill rail spur rolls east along the track.
October 2010 Crews install a section of rail along the rail spur being constructed to connect the Mesquite Regional Landfill with the Union Pacific mainline north of Glamis.
September 2010 The crushed rock or gravel used as ballast for the rail tracks is delivered by railcar on a portion of newly constructed rail spur.
September 2010 Crews for Coffman Specialties, Inc. install the concrete rail ties for the rail spur.
September 2010 Three desert road crossings are constructed along the rail spur between the mainline and the landfill to provide continued access to the desert north of the tracks .
Auagust 2010 Piers are constructed for the rail bridge that will span the on-site stormwater drainage system at the Mesquite Regional Landfill.
August 2010 A dozer continues the process of grading to prepare for the installation of the 4.5 mile rail spur from the Union Pacific mainline to the Mesquite Regional Landfill.
July 2010 A fleet of heavy equipment moves massive amounts of dirt to prepare the site of the future Mesquite Regional Landfill intermodal facility. The project requires the rail yard, which extends more than 6,000 feet, to be at the same grade.
July 2010 The route of the 4.5 mile rail spur from the Union Pacific mainline north of Glamis to the Mesquite Regional Landfill is graded. Rail and ties are stacked and ready for installation.
July 2010 Crews work at the material separation facility at the Mesquite Regional Landfill preparing soil for construction of the rail spur and rail yard.Material required forthe project was available onsite.
July 2010 A fleet ofheavy equipment compacts soil cement along the route where the rail spur is being constructed to haul waste by rail from the Los Angeles area to the Mesquite Regional Landfill.
May 2010 Box culverts are built for stormwater drainage under the rail spur that will connect the Mesquite Regional Landfill with the Union Pacific mainline. Thework being done by Coffman Specialties, Inc. is within the Bureau of Land Management right-of-way.
May 2010 New 60-inch culverts are installed under the Union Pacific mainline north of Glamis as part of the construction of the rail spur being built to bring trash by rail to the Mesquite Regional Landfill.
April 2010 A temporary berm is built in a drainage channel to provide access during the construction of the rail spur bridge leading into the Mesquite Regional Landfill.
Tortoise protection barriers are installed at a desert road crossing along the rail spur being built between the Union Pacific mainline north of Glamis and the Mesquite Regional Landfill.