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UP invests $11.5 million in track improvements


Union Pacific Railroad will spend more than $11.5 million to improve a rail line from Topeka, Kan., to Herington, Kan., UP officials said in a prepared statement.

Work on two projects covering a more than 80-mile stretch of track began Aug. 19 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

The projects include removing and installing more than 93,000 ties, spreading nearly 50,000 tons of rock ballast to reinforce the roadbed and replacing the surfaces at 84 grade crossings. In May, crews replaced rail in various curves between Herington and Volland, Kan.

UP plans to spend approximately $2.6 billion in 2010 to support current and future freight transportation needs and enhance safety and efficiency along the railroad’s 32,000-mile network, UP officials said.

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