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Union Pacific spending $57 million on Kansas rail upkeep

A Union Pacific intermodal train moves through Marysville. Union Pacific said it will spend $57 million in maintenance and upgrades in Kansas in 2017.
A Union Pacific intermodal train moves through Marysville. Union Pacific said it will spend $57 million in maintenance and upgrades in Kansas in 2017. Courtesy photo

Union Pacific railroad will spend $57 million this year to maintain its rail lines and bridges in Kansas.

The Omaha-based railroad that employs more than 1,200 Kansans said $43 million will be spent on maintaining railroad track and $12 million on upkeep of train bridges in the state.

One of its key projects in the state this year is replacing nearly 103,000 railroad ties and installing more than 53,000 tons of rock on its rail line between Topeka and Herington at a cost of $13 million. Another key project is to replace nearly 34,000 railroad ties and install 327 tons of rock on its line between Junction City and Salina. That project will cost $4.8 million, UP said in a news release.

“Union Pacific’s targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Kansas,” Donna Kush, Union Pacific Northern Region vice president of public affairs, said in the release.

In all, the company plans to spend $3.1 billion across its U.S. network this year.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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