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Published on : Monday, June 8, 2015
Union Pacific Railroad will strengthen Illinois’ transportation infrastructure investing more than $20 million in the rail line between Chester and Illinois/Missouri border. The project, funded entirely by Union Pacific without taxpayer dollars, began May 25 and is scheduled to be completed mid-October.
The railroad will replace 71,800 railroad ties, install 30,000 tons of rock ballast and replace nearly 15 miles of rail. In addition, crews will repair the surfaces at 43 road crossings. The project is one of nearly 1,500 Union Pacific 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 businesses connect with consumers, suppliers and markets across the nation and around the world,” said Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Northern Region. “In addition to helping move our customers’ goods safely and efficiently, our investments support communities by reducing traffic congestion, facilitating industrial development and promoting economic expansion.”
The railroad plans to invest $119 million in 2015 to improve Illinois’ transportation infrastructure. The planned investment covers a range of initiatives: nearly $105 million to maintain railroad track, $5 million to enhance signal systems and $9 million to maintain or replace bridges in the state.
Union Pacific plans to spend $4.2 billion across its network this year, following investments totaling more than $31 billion from 2005-2014. These investments contributed to a 38 percent decrease in derailments over the last 10 years.