Canadian National Railway (CN) has announced the following infrastructure investments in 2019: $190 million in Illinois, approximately $120 million in Wisconsin, approximately $100 million in Tennessee and more than $95 million in Louisiana.
In Illinois, CN will invest in the development of the Positive Train Control (PTC) system and in adding to the capacity of the Joliet Intermodal Terminal. The company will also replace more than 11 miles of rail, install approximately 88,000 new railroad ties and rebuild 53 road crossing surfaces. Maintenance work will take place on bridges, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.
“Following a record capital program in 2018, CN has been able to take on more traffic from different commodity sectors based on contracts with our customers,” remarked Derek Taylor, CN Southern region vice president. “This year, we are continuing to invest to boost capacity and network resiliency and to meet growing traffic on our corridors across Illinois.”
Improvements included for Wisconsin’s rail infrastructure in 2019 are development of the PTC system and construction of 8 miles of double track near Hawthorne. CN will also replace more than 35 miles of rail, install approximately 90,000 new railroad ties, rebuild 80 road crossing surfaces and do maintenance work on track infrastructure.
The $100 million investment in Tennessee rail infrastructure includes replacing more than 15 miles of rail, installing approximately 95,000 new railroad ties, rebuilding 17 road crossing surfaces and track infrastructure maintenance.
In 2019, CN will strengthen Louisiana’s rail infrastructure with investments for the development of the PTC system and continuing the project to rebuild the two-mile-long bridge over the spillway near the southwest shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The company will also replace more than 15 miles of rail, install approximately 55,000 new railroad ties, rebuild 18 road crossing surfaces and do maintenance work on track infrastructure.