Union Pacific (UP) has announced that it will invest approximately $48.1 million in Utah rail infrastructure in 2017. The company will use $40.3 million to maintain railroad track and $4.2 million to maintain bridges in the state.
Included in the investments are:
- $18.4 million in the rail line between Wells, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah, to replace 146,327 railroad ties;
- $6.8 million in the rail line between Lynndyl and Tooele to replace 55,546 railroad ties; and
- $2.6 million in the rail line between Ogden, Utah, and Granger, Wyoming, to replace more than 4 miles of curve rail.
Wes Lujan, UP vice president public affairs, western region, stated, "Union Pacific's targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Utah. Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state."
From 2012 to 2016, Union Pacific invested more than $221 million on Utah's transportation infrastructure.