BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has announced an approximately $160 million 2018 capital expenditure program for Washington State that will focus on maintenance projects. Maintaining the network infrastructure reduces the need for unscheduled service work.
The largest component of this year’s capital plan in the state will be for replacing and upgrading rail, rail ties and ballast.
“Freight rail helps connect local businesses with the global supply chain. This is particularly critical in a state where 40 percent of all jobs are tied to trade,” said Zak Andersen, BNSF vice president, corporate relations. “Whether its agricultural products moving to markets overseas or lumber and construction materials moving into other U.S. markets, we remain focused on operating a safe, reliable and efficient railroad for our customers and the end consumer.”
The 2018 maintenance program in Washington includes approximately 490 miles of track surfacing and/or undercutting work and the replacement of about 40 miles of rail and close to 230,000 ties. BNSF also plans to install new double-track between Washougal and Mt. Pleasant along the Fallbridge Subdivision. New double-track will be installed along the Spokane Subdivision between Hauser, Idaho and Spokane and two bridge replacement projects should begin this year in Home Valley and North Bonneville. BNSF also plans to construct a new unloading track and additional parking capacity at the Orillia Automotive Facility in 2018.
BNSF has invested approximately $940 million to expand and maintain its network in Washington in the last five years. The 2018 planned capital investments in the state are part of BNSF’s $3.3 billion network-wide capital expenditure program.