Union Pacific plans to invest millions in Kansas railroads

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Railroads in Kansas are getting a $57 million upgrade.

Union Pacific has announced they are boosting safety and efficiency with a multi-million dollar infrastructure plan in Kansas without taxpayer funds. $43 million will go towards maintaining railroad tracks and $12 million will go towards maintaining bridges.

Two key projects include a $13 million investment in the rail line between Topeka and Herington to replace 102,740 railroad ties and install 53,137 tons of rock ballast. Another $4.8 million investment will go towards the rail line between Junction City and Salina to replace 33,828 railroad ties and install 327 tons of rock ballast.

Union Pacific says this year’s planned $57 million capital expenditure in Kansas is part of an ongoing investment strategy. They also say from 2012 to 2016, they invested more than $425 million strengthening Kansas’s transportation infrastructure.