Union Pacific chugs along with $9 million rail-line project

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Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:00 am

Union Pacific said Monday it plans to invest about $9 million in the rail line between Missouri Valley, Iowa, and Arlington, Neb., this month.

The work began April 1 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of April, said Omaha-based Union Pacific.

The railroad will replace 19,300 concrete railroad ties and install 10,250 tons of rock ballast. Crews are scheduled to resurface 19 road crossings and install two switches.

“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,” said the employer of about 5,000 people in the metro area.

Union Pacific said it is using a track renewal train, the TRT 909, which can install rail and concrete ties in one pass. The TRT 909 can install up to 6,000 ties in a 12-hour day.

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