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BNSF Railway Co. yesterday revealed plans for 2013 capital improvement projects in a tenth state. The Class I has budgeted $145 million for track maintenance and capacity expansion projects in Illinois.Capacity projects include the replacement of two bridges in Princeton and Wyanet; construction of a new 7,600-foot siding between Barstow and Hillsdale; lengthening of three departure tracks at the Galesburg Yard to 10,000 feet; and the addition of track and parking at BNSF's Logistics Park Chicago and Corwith intermodal facilities in the Chicago area.The Class I's track maintenance program in Illinois involves surfacing and/or undercutting about 2,700 miles of track, replacing 90 miles of rail and about 150,000 ties, and upgrading signals for positive train control implementation."[Our] capital investments in Illinois will help ensure our network is prepared for growing demand for freight rail," said BNSF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matt Rose in a press release. "We are focused on investing to meet our customers' expectations and on expanding capacity where growth is occurring."The Illinois work is part of BNSF's record-setting $4.3 billion capex program from 2013. Over the past few months, the Class I also has shared breakdowns of planned work in Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, Texas and Washington.
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