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Union Pacific Railroad last week announced plans to upgrade its infrastructure this year in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Montana.Between 2011 to 2015, the Class I has invested more than $50 million in Minnesota, $46 million in Wisconsin and $5.8 million in Montana on infrastructure improvements, according to UP press releases.In Minnesota, UP will spend $9.1 million to maintain track and $800,000 to maintain bridges. Key allocations will include $3.3 million to replace ties between Mankato and St. James, and $800,000 to replace nearly 5,000 ties on yard and industry track in St. Paul and South St. Paul.In Wisconsin, the Class I will invest $1.4 million on bridge maintenance and $600,000 on track maintenance. Major budget items this year will include a $340,000 project to replace a half mile of rail between Wilson and Eau Claire, and $160,000 project to replace a quarter mile of rail between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls.In Montana, UP will complete $1.7 million worth of projects, including the replacement of 11,419 ties along the Montana Subdivision south of Lima.UP plans to spend about $3.7 billion on infrastructure work across its network this year, following investments totaling $33 billion between 2006 and 2015, company officials said.
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