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Kansas City Southern (KCS) will spend $14.3 million this year on construction and improvement projects on its New Orleans subdivision.The Class I has scheduled rail, crosstie and crossing improvements between Port Allen and Simmesport, La., and a rail project in Norco, La. The work will begin Nov. 15 and extend through late December, according to a KCS press release.In total, the project will involve replacing 4.5 miles of rail and 52,000 crossties, and improving more than 100 crossings."KCS, through its U.S. and Mexican subsidiaries, continues to invest in capital projects to expand network capacity, keep maintenance in a regular and healthy cycle, and enhance the safety of our operation," said President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Ottensmeyer. "These investments also help us be an economic growth partner to our customers and the communities through which we operate."