The Heartland Corridor project is a three-year engineering effort to increase intermodal freight capacity by raising vertical clearances in 28 tunnels on a Norfolk Southern rail line between the port of Hampton Roads, Virginia and Chicago known as the Heartland Corridor. The first phase of the tunnel work began in October 2007.
When the project is completed in 2010 containerized freight moving in double-stack trains will be able to shave off about 200 miles and up to a day’s transit time between the East Coast and the Midwest. Currently, double-stack trains must take longer routes by way of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania or Knoxville, Tennessee. The Heartland Corridor goes across Virginia through southern West Virginia and north through Columbus, Ohio.
LRL Construction has worked on the Twin Branch 1 & 2, Big Four 1 & 2, Antler 1 & 2, Cooper Tunnels and the West Vivian Tunnel of the Heartland Corridor Project.