In July 2021, the Dixie fire destroyed thousands of acres in the northern California mountains. One of the structures destroyed was timber decking on BNSF Bridge 198.5 near Keddie, CA. BNSF contacted a small, select group of contractors on July 28th and bid the project with 24 Hr. turnaround. Advanced American Construction (AAC) was selected and mobilized management to the site immediately. AAC had a crew and equipment to the site by August 9th.
AAC’s crews worked compositely with BNSF to remove the remaining rail & tie from the bridge. AAC had a second crew constructing new bridge deck panels in a nearby laydown yard. Once the debris was cleared from the bridge, AAC & BNSF crews placed new deck panels, secured them to the bridge girders, installed track panels and graded with ballast rock. The work was performed safely with considerable fall hazards present.