$38 Million LA Basin Track Projects Completed Ahead of Schedule
Union Pacific Railroad Thanks Communities and Drivers for Their Patience
LA Vicinity Track Improvements
Omaha, Neb., March 12, 2007 Union Pacific Railroad completed its $38 million track improvement projects on two of its main line tracks in the Los Angeles Basin nearly seven days ahead of schedule.
"All of us at Union Pacific apologize for the traffic and Metrolink delays that have occurred while these necessary track maintenance projects were under way," said Lupe Valdez, director – public policy. "We thank the Basin residents for their understanding and patience."
The track improvements were made to rail lines through City of Industry, Mira Loma, Pedley, Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights, Montebello, City of Commerce, Hobart, El Monte, Bassett and La Puente.
A toll-free telephone number, (800) 269-2059, was established during this year’s project to provide motorists with information in both English and Spanish regarding when crossings were closed temporarily to renew crossing surfaces. Plans are to keep the toll-free number accessible to residents in the Los Angeles Basin during future major Union Pacific improvement projects that may impact motorists.
Crews installed more than 93,000 concrete ties; spread 110,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; replaced the surfaces at 18 road crossings; replaced 33 turnouts that guide a train from one track to another; replaced 36 miles of straight rail and replaced 1,800 feet of rail in various curves on the lines.
The installation of concrete ties will enhance track strength to better handle the nation’s growing demand for rail shipments, and concrete ties last longer than traditional wooden ties – reducing the time needed for future track maintenance.
The improvements are part of Union Pacific’s ongoing program to maintain its track across its more than 32,400-mile system.
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