Track Improvements Under Way on Union Pacific Lines in Missouri
UP Investing $27 Million to Enhance Safety, Efficiency between St. Louis and Jefferson City
Omaha, Neb., March 21, 2007 Union Pacific Railroad is spending $27 million this year on track improvements between St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo.
Crews are removing and installing 76,000 ties; spreading approximately 125 miles of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; and replacing the surfaces at 89 road crossings and rail in curves. Work began in February and is scheduled to be completed by November. Many of the improvements are being made to track between Jefferson City and St. Louis, between Warrensburg and Sedalia, and between Kansas City and Jefferson City towards the River Subdivision corridor that runs parallel to the Missouri River.
"This work will mean delays for passenger rail service and freight trains operating in the area and we appreciate the patience of Amtrak and freight service customers while Union Pacific completes these necessary track maintenance projects to further enhance our safe operations across Missouri," said Randy Blackburn, Union Pacific Railroad regional vice president operations for the Northern Region.
Union Pacific operates about 55 trains and Amtrak operates two eastbound and two westbound trains a day across Missouri.
The track maintenance program will impact Amtrak passenger trains schedules operating between St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo and an alternate service plan is being developed by Amtrak. For more schedule information contact 1-800-USARail.
These track improvements are part of more than $1 billion Union Pacific is planning to spend in 2007 to maintain its track across the 32,400 mile system.
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