OMAHA, Neb. – Union Pacific Railroad is advising Gering, Neb. residents who have been illegally using railroad right-of-way to vacate the property. Company officials said people have been parking recreational vehicles and boats on railroad property as well as cultivating gardens.
Construction crews will be in Gering on March 1 to begin work on a second main track that will use the land alongside the existing mainline track. About nine miles of new track will be built, connecting Union Pacific’s double-track mainline on each side of Gering.
The trespassing problem is especially acute between the 10th Street crossing and Country Club Road. The new main track will be built on the south side of the existing track in that area. Railroad property through Gering is about 200 feet wide, with approximately 100 feet on each side of the main track.
Construction is expected to take about seven months.