Motorists Will Have a Smoother Railroad Crossing Surface at Harlem Ave. Following Metra/Union Pacific Repairs
Crossing to be Closed for 10 Days for a Total Upgrade
Omaha, Neb., October 31, 2008 Motorists will notice an improved crossing surface when they drive over the three railroad tracks at Harlem Ave., one block south of Northwest Highway on Chicago's near north side, following Metra/Union Pacific's completion of a $240,000 crossing surface improvement project.
Upon completion, crews will have removed the worn out rubberized crossing surface material, improved the drainage, removed and installed ties that are under the crossing surface material and installed new concrete pads between the rails. Work will begin on this project November 5 and is scheduled to be completed on November 15.
During 2008, Union Pacific plans to invest a total of $3.1 billion for capital projects that include $1.6 billion earmarked to 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 its customers' current and future transportation needs.
Between 2003 and 2007, Union Pacific has invested $535 million for capital projects in Illinois, with $100 million spent in 2007. During 2008, Union Pacific plans to devote $124 million for capital projects in Illinois.
About Union Pacific
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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