Updated: Jul 7, 2022
Houston Belt Junction is the intersection of these railroad tracks: the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) Houston Subdivision to the west, the Houston East Belt Subdivision to the east, the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Palestine Subdivision to the north and the beginning of the Houston West Belt Subdivision to the south.
A single-track bottleneck point existed between two double track segments at Belt Junction. The project installed 3,900 feet of second main track, a diamond rail crossing through the Houston West Belt Junction, 4 power operated turnouts, realigning quadrant connections as necessary and reconstructing the manual interlocker signal system.
The purpose of the project was to reduce congestion and air pollution associated with freight train and vehicle movement along corridors connecting at the Houston Belt and Terminal Railway Belt Junction. The single-track bottleneck backed up both train and vehicle traffic at approximately 100 grade crossings in the area. Project completed February 2016.