Track Improvements on Union Pacific Line Between Calexico and Niland, Calif., Improve Safety and Efficiency
Omaha, Neb., June 1, 2006 Union Pacific Railroad and Ferrocarril Mexicano, S.A. de C.V. (Ferromex), in conjunction with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, have finalized plans to change the time of the rail interchange between the U.S. and Mexico to earlier in the day which will eliminate blocked road crossings during peak morning hours in Calexico.
The new service design for this operation comes from unprecedented cooperation from all the United States and Mexican government authorities involved in international traffic as well as local and congressional authorities. The new operation will begin after construction of two walkways is completed at a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection site.
As part of this project, Union Pacific Railroad is spending $4.3 million this year on track improvements between Calexico and Niland, Calif.
Crews have removed and installed 41,000 ties; spread 13,400 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; are replacing the surfaces at 58 road crossings and will be installing walkways along the track between Dannenberg St. and McCabe Rd. to improve the safety and efficiency of inspecting railcars by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The tie and crossing improvement projects were completed on May 10, with the construction of walkway portion of the project scheduled to begin June 19.
Public safety will also be enhanced as a result of the construction of the trackside inspection walkways because northbound trains will no longer have to stop and be inspected in downtown Calexico. They can be moved just north of the downtown area and be inspected.
These improvements are part of the $1.5 billion Union Pacific is planning to spend in 2006 to maintain its track across its more than 32,400-mile system.
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