Track Improvements Planned in Western Illinois

Union Pacific Spending Nearly $7 Million on Track Maintenance between Nelson and Peoria

Omaha, Neb., March 20, 2008 – Union Pacific Railroad is spending $6.6 million this year on track improvements between Nelson, Ill. and Peoria.

When the project is complete, crews will have removed and installed 47,000 ties, replace the rail in various curves, spread 46,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and replace the road surfaces at 33 crossings.  Work began on this project March 18 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-April.

These improvements are part of the $1.6 billion Union Pacific is planning to spend in 2008 to maintain its track across its more than 32,300-mile system.
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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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