Union Pacific Railroad Constructs Track Between Portland and Gresham, Ore.

Omaha, Neb., October 17, 2005 – Union Pacific Railroad has started construction on a $4.8 million project to extend a siding near the Portland/Gresham, Ore. city limits as part of the City of Portland’s East Columbia to Lombard Connector Project.

Crews are constructing more than 7,000 feet of track and connecting it to an existing passing track known as Hemlock. The length of the completed siding project will be almost 9,900 feet. The project began on Sept. 12 and is scheduled to be completed by the first of February.

As part of this project, NE 185th Street in Gresham will be closed until the December 31.

Sidings, or passing tracks, allow one train to pass another.

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

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