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UP to bolster infrastructure in Kansas, Washington


Union Pacific Railroad plans to spend $6 million to upgrade a line between Wichita and Caldwell, Kan.

To be completed by mid-August, the project calls for removing and installing more than 41,500 ties, spreading 33,500 tons of ballast and renewing roadway surfaces at 70 grade crossings.

In addition, UP expects to spend $5.7 million to upgrade track between Seattle and Fife, Wash. To be completed by mid-2010, the work includes the installation of more than 35,000 ties and 9,000 tons of ballast, and upgrades to 42 public crossings.

UP has budgeted $2.5 billion for capital improvements in 2010, including infrastructure upgrades.

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