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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Crews replacing wood railroad ties between Arlington and Marysville

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Residents who drive near the BNSF railroad between Arlington and Marysville, Wash., will notice some construction until March 19, the Arlington Times reports. Gus Melonas, director of public affairs for the railway company, said that a 35-person work crew would be replacing wood rail ties on a seven-mile stretch of track between the two cities starting Monday, March 15.

Approximately 9,000 rail ties will be replaced during the week, at a cost of $1.5 million out of BNSF's capital improvement program for 2010. Work will happen on a branch line - not the main train line, Melonas said.

"It's to ensure safety for customer service, a better ride and reliability over trackage," Melonas said.