Union Pacific plans to invest $66 million in 2015 to improve Missouri's transportation infrastructure and will enhance employee, community and customer safety and increase rail operating efficiency.
UP’s investment covers a range of initiatives including nearly $48 million to maintain railroad track, $8 million to enhance signal systems and $10 million to maintain or replace bridges in the state.
Key projects include a $12.2-million investment in the rail line between Marshall and near Jefferson City to replace 82,600 ties, install 46,000 tons of ballast and repair the surfaces at 84 road crossings; a $9.7-million investment in the rail line between St. Louis and near Grey Summit to replace 61,300 ties, install 31,600 tons of ballast and repair the surfaces at 49 road crossings and a $6.9-million investment in the rail line between Kansas City and near the Missouri/Kansas border to replace 47,000 ties, install 23,300 tons of ballast and repair the surfaces at 138 road crossings.
This year’s planned $66 million capital expenditure in Missouri is part of an ongoing investment strategy. From 2010 to 2014 Union Pacific invested nearly $402 million strengthening Missouri’s transportation infrastructure.
“We constantly evaluate our customers’ needs to make targeted investments that enhance our efficiency and deliver the goods American businesses and families use daily,” said Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president public affairs, Northern Region. “Continuing to aggressively invest in our infrastructure is an important element in Union Pacific’s unwavering safety commitment.”