The City of Fort Collins (Colorado) recently completed construction of a tunnel underneath BNSF Railway tracks to connect more than 30 miles of trails. The prospect of tunneling under an active rail line is a pretty big deal, and the railroad had strict requirements. The original concept of the tunnel was modified by the contractor and their engineer to utilize secant pile retaining walls to allow the construction of the portals closer to the rail line and decreasing the overall tunnel length. The tunnel was constructed by BT Construction and Lithos Engineering was their design engineer. Yenter construction was responsible for the retaining walls, including segments of sheet pile wall used to start things off. Anderson Drilling constructed the shafts for the secant pile wall and for the thrust wall. Read more about the project at TBM.
The proposed railway tunnel will link Spain and Morroco underneath the Straits of Gibraltar. The depth of the straits ranges from 1,000-ft to nearly 3,000-ft. To put that in perspective, the English Channel is only 150-ft deep, and the Chunnel is another 130-ft below the sea floor. (Photo by chodaboy)