Amtrak ribbon-cutting ceremony

Longview, TX restoration project completed in anticipation of high-speed rail service

George Allen Construction, Amtrak, and local leaders celebrate the completion of the Longview, TX station restoration project in anticipation of future high-speed rail service. With a ceremonial ribbon cutting, GAC, Amtrak, and local officials celebrated the renovation and restoration of the 1940’s Amtrak station. GAC is proud to be a part of this 5 million dollar improvement project that made this station and its platforms ADA accessible.  George Allen Construction is one of a select group of contractors that have passed the rigorous qualification process and been approved to participate in Amtrak’s ADA Stations Program (ADASP) to make their nationwide network of platforms and train stations ADA-compliant.

The 2-year project dovetailed a huge public transit initiative in the community. GAC was responsible for creating parking areas for public transit buses, a passenger rail makeover, and ADA-compliant upgrades to the station and platform by creating an 810-foot-long platform on helical foundations with a complete drainage reconfiguration.

During the drainage improvements, GAC discovered a massive underground obstruction which forced a complete redesign of the drainage system and doubled the scope of work.  Our experienced team is used to uncovering such surprises in train yards and was able to redesign the system efficiently and finish the project in the originally scheduled time frame.

The newly renovated and ADA-compliant station hopes to serve as a stop along a proposed future high-speed rail to allow passengers to travel across Texas in mere hours.