BNSF Railway said Tuesday it plans to spend $110 million this year on its rail network in Nebraska, less than half of its spending in 2015. The work would bring the railroad’s four-year capital investment in the state to $685 million.

Projects in 2016 include continuing the construction of 6 miles of double track between Pleasant Dale and Milford, replacing and upgrading about 40 miles of rails and more than 160,000 rail ties, and improving the lines’ ballast, the tracks’ rocky foundation.

Last year, the capital budget in Nebraska for Texas-based BNSF, which is owned by Omaha’s Berkshire Hathaway, totaled $226 million and included a second double-tracking job — 18 miles of track between Bradshaw and Aurora — and a bridge replacement underway, a railroad spokesman said, plus work on 55 miles of rail and 214,000 ties.

The Nebraska budget is part of BNSF’s $4.3 billion capital improvement spending for 2016 — $2.8 billion for replacing and maintaining its core network, $500 million for expansion and efficiency projects, $300 million for a federally mandated positive train control system and $600 million for locomotives, freight cars and other equipment.

Last year’s national capital improvement budget totaled $6 billion.

The Omaha World-Herald is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1080, steve.jordon@owh.com

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