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UP to reschedule Ferromex interchange, improve track in Mexico


Union Pacific Railroad and Ferrocarril Mexicano S.A. de C.V. recently agreed to interchange earlier in the day in Calexico, Mexico, to avoid blocking grade crossings during peak morning hours.

The railroads also will construct two walkways at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection site so northbound trains can be inspected north of the city’s busy downtown area. UP and Ferromex will implement the new interchange time after completing the walkways.

UP also will spend $4.3 million to improve track between Calexico and Niland, Calif. The project calls for removing and installing 41,000 ties, spreading 13,400 tons of ballast and replacing surfaces at 58 crossings.

Meanwhile, UP is spending $22.2 million to improve track between Fremont and Central City, Neb.

The project — which began in January and will be completed in mid-September — calls for replacing 24 miles of straight and 19,300 feet of curved rail, removing and installing 64,460 concrete ties and 15,000 wood ties, spreading 81,000 tons of ballast, replacing surfaces at eight grade crossings and replacing 16 turnouts.

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