Union Pacific (UP) is planning to invest approximately $34.1 million in its rail infrastructure in Idaho in 2017. The railroad will use $30.2 million to maintain railroad track and $2.1 million to maintain bridges in the state.
Investment projects for this year include:
- $13.3 million to replace 29 miles of rail on the line between Athol and Eastport;
- $9.9 million to clean and replace the rock ballast under the rail line between Athol and Naples; and
- $1.8 million to replace 8,265 railroad ties during a tie replacement project on the rail line between Athol and Eastport.
"Union Pacific's targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Idaho," remarked Wes Lujan, UP vice president public affairs, western region. "Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state."
UP invested more than $206 million strengthening Idaho's transportation infrastructure from 2012 to 2016. The investments are fully funded by UP.