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UP to bolster lines in Illinois, Missouri

Union Pacific Railroad plans to spend $8.8 million to improve lines in Illinois and Missouri.

A $7.7 million project involving a 46-mile line between East Clinton and Dixon, Ill., is slated for completion at July’s end. The work includes removing and installing more than 50,000 ties, spreading 16,700 tons of ballast and replacing 41 grade crossing surfaces.

Meanwhile, a $1.8 million project involving a 20-mile line between Waverly and Marshall, Mo., is scheduled to conclude in mid-July. Work includes removing and installing more than 10,000 ties, spreading 9,700 tons of ballast and replacing 24 crossing surfaces.

This year, UP has budgeted $2.6 billion for capital expenditures, including infrastructure improvements.

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