Tuesday, February 14, 2012

UP to put $17.1 million into Oregon, California infrastructure

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Union Pacific is enhancing the California and Oregon transportation infrastructure by investing $6.5 million in its Kenton and Graham Lines in the Portland, Ore., metropolitan area and $10.6 million in the line that runs between Santa Barbara and Camarillo, Calif. The California project is in progress and is scheduled to be completed by the end of February.

The Oregon project includes installing nearly 35,000 railroad ties, placing 435 tons of new ballast and surfacing 36 miles of track. In addition, crews will be renewing the surfaces at 23 road crossings. Tie installation and track surfacing will be completed in late February. The crossing renewal projects should be completed midyear 2012.

The Kenton Line parallels Highway 30/NE Lombard Street between Troutdale, Ore., and North Portland. The Graham Line parallels I-84 between I-5 and Troutdale. The track work will start on the Kenton Line in Troutdale and will move westerly and will loop back around moving easterly on the Graham Line and will finish in Troutdale.

The 60-mile California project includes replacing nearly 63,000 railroad ties, installing more than 38,000 tons of ballast, as well as renewing the surfaces at 72 road crossings.

Union Pacific plans to invest $3.6 billion in its rail network during 2012, supporting America's current and future freight transportation needs and enhancing the safety and efficiency of the railroad's 32,000-mile network.

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