Union Pacific Railroad Invests $5.7 Million for Track Improvements to Its Line Between Seattle and Fife

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Union Pacific Railroad will improve Seattle’s transportation infrastructure with a $5.7 million investment to enhance its track from Seattle to Fife, Washington.

Running generally parallel to Interstate 5, this section of Union Pacific track critical to the movement of goods in Washington and helps keep local and regional economies competitive. The project is under way and will continue through the middle of 2010.

Work will be taking place in and around the cities of Seattle, Tukwila, Renton, Kent, Auburn, Sumner and Fife, representing more than 28 miles of Union Pacific track. When the project is complete, crews will have installed more than 35,000 new railroad ties and spread 9,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed, improve operating efficiency and enhance railroad safety. Crews will also upgrade 42 public grade crossings as part of the project.