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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Union Pacific invests $17m in Illinois track improvements

Union Pacific Railroad will continue improving Illinois’ transportation infrastructure with a nearly $17 million investment to enhance the rail line that runs from Dupo to about five miles south of Valmeyer.

The nearly 26-mile project includes removing and installing new rail, renewing the surfaces in 38 road crossings and replacing five switches – the devices that move a train from one track to another.

Also, the rail yard at Dupo will receive improvements including the removing and installing more than 11,000 ties, replacing seven switches and spreading more than 4,000 tons of rock ballast.

Union Pacific plans to spend approximately $3.2 billion in 2011 to support America’s current and future freight transportation needs and enhance the safety and efficiency of the railroad’s 32,000-mile network.

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