Union Pacific Plans to Invest Nearly $6 Million in its Wisconsin Rail Infrastructure

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Union Pacific is planning to invest nearly $6 million to improve Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure. The company’s investment into the infrastructure will enhance employee, community and customer safety and increase the rail operating efficiency. The investment money will not be coming out of tax payers money and will be funded by private investments. 

Union Pacific Invests in Wisconsin

Union Pacific’s planned investment covers a range of initiatives: $4.6 million to maintain railroad track, $223,000 to enhance signal systems and $1 million to maintain or replace bridges in the state. The key projects planned include:

  • $1.7 million investment in the rail line between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls to replace 10,900 railroad ties and install 6,800 tons of rock ballast.
  • $1.6 million investment in the rail line near Rusk to replace eight switches.
  • $1.3 million investment in the rail line between near Oxford and Milwaukee to replace more than one mile of rail in various curves.

Since 2010, ending in 2014, Union pacific has invested $155 million into strengthening Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure.

“We constantly evaluate our customers’ needs to make targeted investments that enhance our efficiency and deliver the goods American businesses and families use daily,” said Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Northern Region. “Continuing to aggressively invest in our infrastructure is an important element in Union Pacific’s unwavering safety commitment.”

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