Union Pacific Thanks Employees, Sacramento First Responders and Residents for Recovery Efforts at Ceremony

1,400-ft. Approach to Bridge Totally Rebuilt in 15 ½ Days After Fire

Sacramento Bridge East Approach Rebuilding

Reconstruction Collage

Omaha, Neb., April 3, 2007 – Union Pacific today thanked dozens of local, State and Federal agencies and private contractors who enabled the company’s employees to rebuild a 1,400-ft. bridge approach destroyed by fire on March 15. The bridge reopened to freight and passenger train traffic over the weekend.

In a ceremony beside the new concrete and steel trestle, Dennis J. Duffy the company’s executive vice president-operations said that the results clearly show what can happen when a community focuses its efforts on a critical need. "I want to thank Union Pacific’s employees, our contractors and the hundreds of professionals at the many agencies who worked together – many of them around the clock – to restore this vital transportation link. It has been an impressive effort." He especially recognized the two Sacramento fire departments, as well as residents in the area near the bridge, for their patience during rebuilding.

In recognition of firefighters’ efforts, Duffy presented the Sacramento Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District with equipment certificates. Union Pacific is ordering equipment that both departments felt would assist them with their operations. Equipment being ordered includes:

  • Sacramento Fire Department – ten dry suits for the fire/rescue boat crew members and two marine search lights to assist with night operations.
  • Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District – six safety packs, each of which includes: a 2007-compliant air pack, a 60-minute air bottle with regulator, a rescue sled, a search and rescue bag that contains 225 feet of rope and necessary hardware and a flat-head axe.

Duffy also presented $4,000 grants to each of the River Park, East Sacramento, McKinley and Woodlake Homeowner Associations. The neighborhoods are located near the bridge and the residents showed great patience and understanding during the round-the-clock rebuilding of the trestle.

The nearly 50 trains a day that operate on this line were detoured over other Union Pacific routes. The main detour was more than 90-miles that took trains from downtown Sacramento, north to Marysville, then south to reconnect with the main east/west line just east of Roseville, Calif. Since the reopening of the bridge, trains are now operating back on their normal routes.

Union Pacific once again expresses its appreciation to:

  • First Responders
    • Sacramento Fire Department
    • Sacramento Police Department
    • Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
    • West Sacramento Fire Department
    • Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communications Center
    • California Highway Patrol
    • California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
    • The Cosumnes River Community Services District
  • Other State, County and City Agencies
    • Office of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • California State Fish and Game Department
    • California EPA
    • California Department of Water Resources
    • California Department of Transportation
    • California Public Utilities Commission
    • Sacramento County Public Health Department
    • Sacramento Air Quality Management District
    • City of Sacramento
    • Sacramento County Parks
  • Residents and businesses close to the site who may have been inconvenienced by construction of the new trestle
  • U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Amtrak and Capitol Corridor and their passengers
  • Utilities – Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Western Area Power Administration and Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Cal Expo
  • Union Pacific Employees. Special thanks to operating, engineering and Maintenance of Way employees for their dedication and hard work.

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