Union Pacific (UP) will strengthen Oregon's transportation infrastructure by investing nearly $8.6 million to construct a new siding track on the main UP rail line in Portland between NE 122nd Avenue and NE 162nd Avenue.
The project is funded entirely by the railroad and begins in June and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
The railroad will build the new siding with 5,000 crossties, more than 500 tons of ballast and two new switches. 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 Scott Moore, regional public affairs vice president. “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.”