It may look like nothing more than a large parcel being plowed
But the construction site at NE 10th Street and Sooner Road must be done in just a little more than two months.
"We've got to move from our temporary location to our new location by Sept. 1," said John Greenlee, manager of the Union Pacific railroad yard operation in Oklahoma City.
The 110-acre Midwest City auto loading plant site is to handle switching operations for Union Pacific to move new cars from the General Motors assembly plant to distribution centers in 23 states. It also will serve as distribution center for GM vehicles coming to dealers in central Oklahoma.
Union Pacific and GM signed the contract calling for a new distribution center on Aug. 1. Details of that contract, other than it is for seven years, have not been released.
"It's safe to say that it's a multimillion-dollar contract," Greenlee said.
Since Union Pacific took over distribution operations for GM, the temporary yard has been just south of the Oklahoma City fairgrounds.
That's why this site must be vacated by Sept. 1, to allow workers to get ready for the 2002 version of the Oklahoma State Fair.
"It may not look like it, but we are on schedule," Greenlee said.
Along with the new railyard, UP has installed new track between Oklahoma City and El Reno, as well as from the existing Harter yard near downtown and the new yard.
The new yard will have eight tracks, each capable of handling 10 rail cars for loading.
Along with the new construction, the Harter yard also is being updated.
New track is being added, the yard is being enlarged and parking and freight handling areas are being paved with concrete, Greenlee said.
It will mean a slight enlargement of the work force at the Harter yard. With the new track, the new yard will have 27 employees, up from 15.
Because of contractual and regulatory conditions, A-OK Railroad will handle all loading and unloading in the new yard, Greenlee said. A-OK also will handle traffic between the plant and the new yard.
This is considered a major contract because of the volume of traffic, Greenlee said. …