Union Pacific (UP) has announced that it will invest approximately $79 million for infrastructure on its rail lines in Louisiana in 2017, including $58 million to maintain railroad track and $18 million to maintain bridges in the state. The projects are completely funded by UP.
Projects include a $19 million investment to replace 149,125 railroad ties and install 76,150 tons of rock ballast on the rail line between Alexandria and Shreveport. An additional $11 million will be used to replace 90,659 railroad ties and install 35,093 tons of rock ballast on the rail line between Alexandria and Iowa.
"Union Pacific's targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Louisiana," stated 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."
Union Pacific invested more than $392 million strengthening Louisiana's transportation infrastructure from 2012 to 2016. The company plans to spend $3.1 billion across its network this year.