Friday, May 19, 2017

Union Pacific to invest $41 million in Wyoming rail infrastructure

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Union Pacific plans to spend $41 million in Wyoming rail this year to improve its infrastructure. The state spending plan is part of the Class 1's $3.1-billion 2017 capital program.


$38 million of the Wyoming budget will go toward maintaining track, while $2.8 million will to toward bridge maintenance. UP plans to spend $10 million in the rail line in eastern Goshen and Niobara counties to replace 68,579 concrete crossties and install 21,967 tons of ballast. Another $7 million investment will take place in the rail line between Wamsutter and Rock Springs to replace 58,382 crossties and install 39,375 tons of ballast.

"Union Pacific's targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Wyoming," said Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Northern Region. "Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state."

This year's planned $41 million capital expenditure in Wyoming adds to the more than $243 million the railroad has invested in the state between 2012 and 2016.

Read more about Union Pacific's infrastructure investment plans in Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Oregon, Nevada, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and California on RT&S.