Intermodal Gantry Crane Pavement and Foundation Design Improvement

Project status

In progress

Start date: 08/01/15
End date: 12/31/17


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About the research

Gantry crane pavements and foundations represent a significant asset within intermodal facilities. Subjected to high variation in loading and critical to safe operations, traffic interruptions, and costs associated with maintaining and rehabilitating distressed or failed pavements in these areas is of particular importance. The purpose of this study is to improve the performance and increase the lifespan of gantry crane pavements and foundations by assessing the interactions between pavements, subgrades, operational loading conditions, and performance of the gantry crane pavements and foundations.

Three data gathering efforts will be undertaken: a desk study of design, operations, and performance of existing intermodal gantry crane facilities, a field evaluation of existing and new construction, and monitoring of in-place instrumentation at a new facility. The data will be analyzed to develop recommendations to improve performance of existing and newly constructed pavement systems.



  • Midwest Transportation Center
  • Union Pacific Railroad