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Union Pacific Railroad announced yesterday that its 2017 capital expenditure plans include $48 million worth of projects in Utah.UP's Utah plans include $40.3 million to maintain track and $4.2 million to maintain bridges, according to a company press release.Key projects will include $18.4 million to replace 146,327 ties on the rail line between Wells and Salt Lake City; $6.8 million to replace 55,546 ties between Lynndyl and Tooele; and $2.6 million to replace 4 miles of curve rail between Ogden, Utah, and Granger, Wyo.From 2012 to 2016, UP spent more than $221 million on its infrastructure in Utah."Union Pacific's targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Utah," said Wes Lujan, vice president—public affairs, Western region, in a press release. "Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state."The Utah investment news is the latest of UP's state-by-state capex plans announced for 2017. The Class I expects to spend $3.1 billion across its network this year. The company has invested $51 billion in capital expenditures since 2000, contributing to a 40 percent decrease in derailments during the same time frame, UP officials said.
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