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UP to bolster track in Wyoming, Missouri


Union Pacific Railroad will spend more than $21 million to complete trackwork in Wyoming and Missouri.

Tomorrow, crews will begin a $12 million project on a line between Cheyenne and Hanna, Wyo. To be completed by Oct. 1, the project calls for removing and installing 97,000 ties, spreading 74,000 tons of rock ballast and replacing road surfaces at 36 grade crossings.

Crews already have started a $9.1 million project on a line between Mineral Point and Annapolis, Mo. To be completed by August's end, the work involves removing and installing 67,000 ties, spreading 34,900 tons of rock ballast and replacing road surfaces at 54 crossings.

Crews also will replace rail in various curves between St. Louis and Poplar Bluff from late October to mid-November.

The projects are part of UP's 2008 capital projects, which will cost about $3.1 billion. The Class I plans to spend about $1.6 billion to maintain and strengthen track infrastructure.

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