Union Pacific (UP) has announced that it will invest approximately $41 million in Oklahoma rail infrastructure in 2017. The investments will maintain $40 million on track infrastructure and $626,000 for bridges in the state.
Included in the investments are:
- $8 million for the rail line between Parsons, Kan., and Big Cabin to replace 62,431 railroad ties and install 28,642 tons of rock ballast; and
- $7 million for the rail line between the Oklahoma state line and Gore to replace 53,308 railroad ties and install 24,247 tons of rock ballast.
"Union Pacific’s targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Oklahoma," said Brenda Mainwaring, UP vice president public affairs, southern region. "Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state."
UP invested more than $236 million on Oklahoma’s infrastructure from 2012 to 2016.