BenchMark 2010 No. 4: News in Brief
BenchMark 2010 No. 4: News in Brief
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BenchMark 2010 No. 4: News in Brief
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Completed project improves safety at nuclear plant; U.S. 75 expansion for TxDOT; Court approves consent decree for overflow control program.

Completed Project Improves Safety at Nuclear Plant

Burns & McDonnell recently completed implementation of a non-safety auxiliary feedwater pump at Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Plant in Fulton, Mo. This modification provides the Callaway Plant staff with critical options for responding to certain accident scenarios. In order to meet quarterly Mitigating Systems Performance Index compilation deadlines, the project needed to be completed in less than 30 days. Burns & McDonnell provided conceptual design to establish critical system design parameters, all supporting technical evaluations, the design change package including plant documentation updates, and a post-modification test plan for performance validation. The new pump performed as designed, and the installation was completed without incident.

U.S. 75 Expansion for TxDOT

To reduce congestion on the primary north-south freeway for commuters in the northern suburbs of Dallas, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is expanding U.S. 75 from four to eight lanes and adding three-lane frontage roads in either direction. TxDOT selected Burns & McDonnell to prepare plans, specifications and estimates to reconstruct 2.35 miles of U.S. 75 north of McKinney, Texas. The newly expanded freeway in fast-growing Collin County, Texas, will feature grade-separated interchanges at Bloomdale Road and FM 543 and will bridge over the East Fork of the Trinity River and Honey Creek. Burns & McDonnell will follow an accelerated design schedule, so construction can be completed by 2013.

Court Approves Consent Decree for Overflow Control Program

The consent decree authorizing the City of Kansas City, Mo.’s combined and sanitary sewer overflow control program was approved Sept. 27 in federal district court. The 25-year, $2.5 billion plan, written by Burns & McDonnell, incorporates numerous green design elements providing substantial ancillary benefits to Kansas City residents beyond sewer overflow control, such as cleaner air, cooler ambient air temperatures, recreational and aesthetic amenities, and economic opportunities. This is the longest time frame granted to a municipality by the court and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for such a program.

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