Union Pacific Railroad Invests Nearly $6 Million for Track Improvements to Its Line from Near Bunker Hill to Walker, Kan.

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific will improve part of Kansas’ transportation infrastructure with a nearly $6 million investment to its rail line that runs from near Bunker Hill to Walker, Kan.

The projects include removing and installing more 20 miles of rail and more than 10,000 ties, spread more than 10,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and renew the surfaces in 28 road crossings. The tie replacement part of the project began April 1 and is scheduled to be completed May 16.

The rail in curves renewal project will begin July 31 and is to be completed by mid-August.

Union Pacific plans to spend approximately $2.5 billion in 2010 to support America’s current and future freight transportation needs and enhance the safety and efficiency of the railroad’s 32,000-mile network. Investment in rail capacity benefits everyone.

It allows freight rail service to grow, helping to build a cleaner environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, freight trains are nearly four times more fuel efficient than trucks. Motorists also benefit from reduced congestion on highways as a single Union Pacific train can remove up to 300 trucks off our roads.