Track Improvements Made on Union Pacific's Northwestern Wisconsin Line
The Railroad is Investing More Than $9 Million on Track Maintenance between Altoona and Rusk, Wis.
Omaha, Neb., August 01, 2008 Union Pacific Railroad is investing $9.1 million this year on track improvements between Altoona and Rusk, Wis.
When the project is complete, crews will have removed and installed 28,000 ties, spread 8,400 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed, replaced eight turnouts that guide a train from one track to another and replaced the road surfaces at 36 crossings. Work began on these projects July 25 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of September. Crews replaced more than 12 miles of rail in the area during the first few weeks in May.
During 2008, Union Pacific plans to invest a total of $3.1 billion for capital projects that include $1.6 billion earmarked to maintain and strengthen the track infrastructure across its more than 32,300-mile system. This extensive investment in the railroad's track helps ensure Union Pacific has the capability to offer quality, safe and cost-effective service to meet our customers' current and future transportation needs. Following track improvement projects, communities benefit from smoother road crossing surfaces and trains do not occupy crossings as long because they can operate more efficiently.
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