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CN recently announced plans to spend about CA$105 million in Manitoba, CA$20 million in New Brunswick and CA$10 million in Nova Scotia this year to bolster infrastructure.
Planned track and capital work in Manitoba calls for replacing more than 50 miles of rail, installing more than 150,000 ties and rebuilding six grade crossing surfaces. The work slate in New Brunswick includes replacing eight miles of rail, installing 10,000 ties and rebuilding five crossing surfaces, while the agenda in Nova Scotia includes replacing four miles of rail, installing 30,000 ties and rebuilding eight crossing surfaces.
In all three provinces, CN also plans to maintain bridges, culverts, signal systems and other key infrastructure. All the scheduled work is part of the Class I’s CA$2.9 billion capital expenditure program for 2020.
The work will help expand capacity, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and divert truck traffic, CN officials said in a press release. The railroad expects to continue deploying various safety-enhancing technologies as part of its engineering program, such as autonomous track inspection systems and automated inspection portals.
CN previously released 2020 track and capital work plans for Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.