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Union Pacific Railroad spends $10 million on rail line

Special to the Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

Union Pacific Railroad is spending more than $10 million to improve the rail line that runs between Winter Park and just west of Kremmling, according to company officials.

The project is in progress and is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.

The 56-mile project includes replacing about two miles of rail in various curves, as well as renewing the surfaces at 39 road crossings. In addition, crews will be replacing 44,400 ties, spreading 24,900 tons of rock ballast to help provide a more stable roadbed and making more than a half mile of improvements in tunnels.

Union Pacific plans to invest $3.6 billion in its rail network during 2012 to enhance the safety and efficiency of the railroad’s 32,000-mile network, according to the company.

Union Pacific’s capital and maintenance program exceeds infrastructure spending of the state highway departments in 46 states.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, freight trains are nearly four times more fuel efficient than trucks. Motorists also benefit from reduced congestion on highways as a single Union Pacific train can remove up to 300 trucks off the roads.