Thursday, April 11, 2013

UP begins Wyoming rail line rehab

Union Pacific (UP) plans to strengthen Wyoming's transportation infrastructure by investing $12 million in the rail line between Granite and Rawlins. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

The railroad will replace nearly 69,000 railroad ties, install more than 27,000 tons of ballast and replace more than five miles of rail in various curves. In addition, crews will renew the surfaces at 26 crossings. The project is one of nearly 1,500 UP will complete across its 32,000-mile network this year to help improve train operating efficiency, reduce motorist wait times at crossings and enhance safety.

"Union Pacific helps link businesses with consumers, suppliers and markets across the nation and around the world," said Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president of public affairs, Northern Region. "In addition to helping move customers' goods more safely and efficiently, our investments support communities by reducing traffic congestion, facilitating industrial development and promoting economic expansion."

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