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UP to upgrade lines in three states


Yesterday, Union Pacific Railroad announced it’s spending about $21 million to bolster track in Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin

To be completed in mid-December, a $15 million project calls for improving a 75-mile line between Milwaukee and Chicago. Crews will remove and install 111,200 ties, spread 41,500 tons of ballast and replace 94 grade crossing surfaces.

Also to be completed by mid-December, a more than $4 million project calls for improving a 16-mile line between Hudson and Menomonie Junction, Wis. Workers will remove and install 16 miles of rail, replace 26 crossing surfaces and install six switches

Finally, a more than $2 million project calls for upgrading a line between Lexington and Gothenburg, Neb. By mid-December, crews expect to finish the project, which involves removing and installing more than 12,000 ties.

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