BNSF Crew Begins Replacing 90,000 Ties in Minnesota and Wisconsin

FORT WORTH, Texas — BNSF Railway Co. dispatched a maintenance crew of 43 people to begin replacing railroad ties between East Winona, Wis., and St. Croix Tower, Minn.

The crew is expected to replace more than 1,300 ties a day through July. This maintenance project will cost approximately $10.5 million.

“Expanding and maintaining our infrastructure along this stretch of trackage and throughout the system not only allows us to provide customers with efficient and reliable rail service but it also benefits the overall efficiency of America’s supply chain,” said Dave Freeman, BNSF vice president, Engineering.

BNSF expects to spend about $2 billion this year to keep the railway’s infrastructure strong by refreshing track, signal systems, structures, freight cars, and upgrading technologies.