Union Pacific (UP) will invest approximately $26.8 million on the company’s rail infrastructure in Nevada in 2017. The projects are completely funded by UP.
Included in the infrastructure projects are $22.7 million to maintain railroad track and $1.8 million to maintain bridges. The following improvements will be made in 2017: $7.5 million to replace 60,854 railroad ties on the rail line between Elko and Winnemucca; $2.2 million to replace 15,406 railroad ties on the rail line between Floriston, Calif., and Sparks, Nev.; and $2.1 million to replace 12,190 railroad ties on the rail line between Verdi and Reno.
"Union Pacific's targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Nevada," stated Wes Lujan, UP vice president public affairs western region. "Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state."
Union Pacific invested more than $244 million strengthening Nevada’s transportation infrastructure from 2012 to 2016.