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UP to bolster track in Nebraska, Wyoming


Union Pacific Railroad plans to spend about $17 million to upgrade 161 miles of track in Wyoming and Nebraska.

To be completed by mid-December, the project calls for replacing more than half a mile of rail in various curves, removing and installing more than 124,000 ties, renewing surfaces at 113 grade crossings and spreading about 72,000 tons of ballast.

Curve rail replacement on the line — which runs from Egbert, Wyo., to Hershey, Neb. — began in late July; crossing surface work started in August and tie replacement began Oct. 12.

The project is part of UP’s $3.3 billion capital spending budget for 2011.

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