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UP budgets $180 million to bolster infrastructure in California

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Union Pacific Railroad yesterday announced it plans to spend $180 million this year to improve infrastructure in California, including $149.6 million to maintain track and $20.7 million to maintain bridges.

Part of the Class I’s $3.1 billion capital expenditures budget for 2017, the California funds target several key projects, such as replacing 28 miles of rail between Visalia and Delano ($12.5 million); completing the West Colton bowl track project ($9.1 million); and replacing 18 miles of rail north of Winterhaven ($7.9 million).

“[Our] targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across California," said Wes Lujan, UP’s vice president of public affairs-Western Region, in a press release.

This year's spending is part of the railroad’s ongoing investment strategy in California. Over the past five years, UP spent more than $976 million to bolster infrastructure in the state.