Union Pacific Railroad Invests More Than $3 Million for Track Improvements to Its Line from Near Jefferson City to California, Mo.

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific will improve part of Missouri’s transportation infrastructure with a more than $3 million investment to its rail line that runs from near Jefferson City to California, Mo.

The projects include removing and installing more than 22,000 ties, spread more than 11,000 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and renew the surfaces in 31 road crossings.  The tie replacement project began April 25 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.  The road surfacing improvement projects began in February and are scheduled to be completed by the end of May.

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.