Union Pacific Railroad will strengthen Kansas’ transportation infrastructure by investing $19 million in the rail line between Salina and near Oakley. The project, funded entirely by Union Pacific without taxpayer dollars, began April 11 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.
The railroad will replace 133,700 railroad ties, install more than 63,700 tons of rock ballast and replace more than one-quarter mile of rail in various curves. In addition, crews will renew the surfaces at 174 road crossings. The project is one of nearly 1,500 Union Pacific will complete across its 32,000-mile network this year to help improve train operating efficiency, reduce motorist wait times at crossings and enhance safety.
“Union Pacific helps link businesses with consumers, suppliers and markets across the nation and around the world,” said Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Northern Region. “In addition to helping move customers’ goods more safely and efficiently, our investments support communities by reducing traffic congestion, facilitating industrial development and, promoting economic expansion.”
Improved and additional freight rail capacity helps reduce highway congestion and contributes to a cleaner environment. One Union Pacific train can take up to 300 trucks off America’s roads, and Union Pacific can move one ton of freight nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel.