Norfolk Southern Completes $1 Billion in Infrastructure Upgrades

US freight railroad company, Norfolk Southern has completed 1 billion USD in infrastructure upgrades throughout 2023.

The improvements were made across the company’s 22-state network to support its commitment to delivering a safe, reliable and resilient service.

A Norfolk Southern intermodal train crossing the Tennessee River into Chattanooga, Tennessee.
A Norfolk Southern intermodal train crossing the Tennessee River into Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Paul Duncan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer said:

“Our extensive infrastructure work is an important component of being a customer-centric, operations-driven railroad and represents an investment in the safety of our operations. To safely deliver reliable and resilient service, our rails, bridges, and structures must be maintained to the highest standards, maximising their productive lifespan.”

Specifically, the completed infrastructure improvements include:


  • Installing 108 hot box detectors
  • Installing 17 acoustic bearing detectors
  • Adding 218 CTC to ITCM towers
  • Constructing 2 Digital Train Inspection portals


  • Completing 619 track miles of rail work
  • Replacing 2.1 million cross ties
  • Surfacing 1,745 miles of track
  • Installing 523 panel turnouts and 14 crossing diamonds


  • Replacing 40 bridges
  • Installing 32,743 bridge ties
  • Completing 40,398 bridge, culvert and tunnel inspections

Public Crossings

  • Adding 110 grade crossing warning systems

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