Performing Under Pressure

Shaft removal and repair in a sheave assembly that includes a 60,000lb pulley wheel on a high-traffic rail lift bridge located at 95th street on Chicago's South Side—within a 112-hour window.

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Capability Spotlight: Emergency Rail Work

With our considerable experience working on railroad projects of widely varying scope and complexity, ICC offers the rail-specific technical ability to complete any construction need for owners. Over the years, this experience, combined with in-house iron workers and overall company agility, has established ICC as a reliable go-to emergency project resource for a growing number of major freight and commuter rail owners.

We have established a solid track record of safe, on-time, on-budget performance for many of the nation's leading rail carriers, listed here.

ICC has performed emergency work contracts for the following owners:

  • Amtrak
  • Metra
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe
  • Canadian National
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Union Pacific

Project work has included:

  • Bridge repairs
  • Concrete restoration/replacement
  • Structural steel replacement
  • Handrail replacement
  • Retaining wall improvements
  • Masonry work
  • Signage repair/installation


As part of our continued reputation of being a trusted Emergency Work Contractor, ICC has recently begun working with BNSF as a Contractor of Choice for emergency projects. Most recently, ICC was contacted to remove and replace the damaged lower lateral bracing with H-pile and steel plate material on a BNSF railroad bridge in Joliet, IL. ICC mobilized immediately and the project was completed within 48 hours.


ICC has held ongoing emergency work contracts with METRA since 2004, performing short-notice, short-time-frame construction services for bridge repairs as required on a retainer basis throughout the Metra commuter-line system.

Examples of Completed Emergency Work:

  • Tinley Park Culvert Repairs – Tinley Park, IL
  • Ogilvie Station Masonry Repairs – Chicago, IL
  • Milwaukee & Kilborn Bridge Repairs – Chicago, IL
  • Metra 123rd St. Turntable Repairs – Chicago, IL 
  • Joliet Yard Gate Repairs – Joliet, IL


With our longstanding relationship with Canadian National, the railroad has recently awarded ICC a Contractor of Choice designation for CN emergency projects. Across Illinois, Michigan and Indiana, we have proven our ability to consistently deliver rapid mobilization and timely completion to restore/improve CN's network integrity and resume rail operations as quickly as possible.

Examples of Completed Emergency Work:

  • Emergency Bridge Steel Repairs – East Chicago, IN
  • Emergency Steel Repairs – Mason, IL
  • 63rd Street Stump Removal – Chicago, IL 
  • 18th and State Bridge Repairs – Chicago, IL 
  • Milwaukee St. Concrete Restoration – Detroit, MI


ICC’s strong project performance for Union Pacific Railroad over multiple decades has built the necessary trust to be awarded several emergency bridge repair/maintenance contracts for UP in the past few years, including a multi-million-dollar emergency bridge rehabilitation project in the Rockwell Subdivision in Chicago, Illinois. 

Examples of Completed Emergency Work:

  • Drainage Trough Repairs – Dolton, IL 
  • Steel Beam Replacement & Associated Work – Walnut, IL
  • Emergency Bridge Repairs & Maintenance – Rockwell Subdivision, Chicago, IL 
  • Emergency Steel Repairs – Multiple Bridge Locations – Chicago, IL


ICC has a maintained a strong relationship with Norfolk Southern spanning decades. This relationship has made us a trusted Contractor for many NS Emergency Work projects across the Midwest, including a multi-million dollar project performed on the Historical 95th St. Lift Bridge in Chicago, IL.

Examples of Completed Emergency Work:

  • 95th Street Bridge Maintenance & Shaft Repairs – Chicago, IL
  • 63rd and State Bridge Demolition & Shoring – Chicago, IL