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Union Pacific Railroad plans to spend $9 million to improve a line between Sedalia and Pleasant Hill, Mo. The project, which began May 15 and is scheduled to be completed by June's end, includes replacing 60,500 ties and installing 22,300 tons of rock ballast. Crews also will renew the surfaces at 80 road crossings and install more than one mile of rail in various curves.
â€¨The project is one of about 1,500 the Class I will complete across its network this year to improve train operating efficiency, reduce motorist wait times at crossings and boost safety.UP's 2014 engineering plan includes a $1.7 billion budget for infrastructure replacement and $680 million spending plan for capacity work and commercial facilities. To learn more about UP's planned maintenance-of-way work this year — as well as work planned by other Class Is, regionals, short lines and passenger railroads — follow this link to access the 2014 MOW Spending Report in Progressive Railroading's April issue.