OMAHA, Neb. — Trains will run more efficiently and motorists will spend less time at crossings as a result of nearly $12 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its Big Springs-to-Potter, Neb., line.When the project is complete, crews will have removed and installed more than 90,000 ties, spread nearly 29,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and renewed road surfaces at 50 crossings. Work began on the project June 24 and is scheduled to be completed by mid August.
Union Pacific invested more than $254 million for capital projects in Nebraska in 2008.
During 2009, Union Pacific plans to invest $1.7 billion in strengthening the track infrastructure across its more than 32,000-mile system. This extensive investment in the railroad’s track helps ensure Union Pacific has the capability to offer quality, safe and cost-effective service to meet its customers’ current and future transportation needs.