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Kansas City Southern Railway Co. has begun work on $18 million in construction and improvement projects on its Laredo Subdivision from Laredo to Corpus Christi, Texas, in an effort to increase capacity and maintain and enhance safety on the cross-border network.The work began Feb. 24 and will continue through mid-April, and includes installation of 80,000 ties, replacement of six miles of rail, enhancements to 177 crossings, and structural steel improvements at the International Bridge at Laredo, KCS officials said in a press release.In addition to Laredo and Corpus Christi, other communities where construction will be performed include Realitos, San Diego, Alice, Agua Dulce, Banquete and Robstown."KCS, through its U.S. and Mexican subsidiaries, continues to invest an industry-leading percentage of its annual revenues to capital projects that expand our network’s capacity, keep our maintenance in a regular and healthy cycle, and grow our ability to handle the economic growth that is occurring along our network," said KCS Chief Executive Officer David Starling.
KCS owns and operates 927 miles of rail infrastructure, three intermodal facilities and an automotive facility in Texas.