Union Pacific Railroad Invests Nearly $8 Million to Strengthen Illinois Transportation Infrastructure

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Union Pacific Railroad will strengthen Illinois transportation infrastructure investing nearly $8 million in the rail line between Elburn and East Clinton. The project, funded entirely by Union Pacific without taxpayer dollars, began April 5 and is scheduled to be completed in August.

The railroad will replace 71,650 concrete railroad ties in various locations and install 21,800 tons of rock ballast. The project is one of nearly 1,500 Union Pacific will complete across its 32,000-mile network this year to help improve train operating efficiency, reduce motorist wait times at crossings and enhance safety.

Union Pacific Infrastructure Investment


Union Pacific helps businesses connect with consumers, suppliers and markets across the nation and around the world, said Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Northern Region. In addition to helping move our customers goods safely and efficiently, our investments support communities by reducing traffic congestion, facilitating industrial development and promoting economic expansion.

The railroad plans to invest $119 million in 2015 to improve Illinois transportation infrastructure. The planned investment covers a range of initiatives: nearly $105 million to maintain railroad track, $5 million to enhance signal systems and $9 million to maintain or replace bridges in the state.

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