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CTA contractor signs plastic-tie deal

When Chicago Transit Authority’s Douglas Blue Line Reconstruction Project is complete in September 2005, several thousand plastic ties will support trains in both elevated and ballasted sections. Kiewit-Delgado, general contractor responsible for the project, April 22 signed a contract for U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp. to supply DuraTie® Composite railroad ties to Kiewit-Delgado and its designated subcontractors.

The ties are made of recycled plastic and fiberglass, and have a life expectancy of two to three times longer than wood, said Michael McCann, U.S. Plastic Lumber chief operating officer, in a prepared statement.

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