Union Pacific replacing tens of thousands of railway sleepers as part of $24m investment in Arizona

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A stock photo of a Union Pacific locomotive. Credit: Supannee_Hickman/Shutterstock.
A stock photo of a Union Pacific locomotive. Credit: Supannee_Hickman/Shutterstock.

Tens of thousands of railway sleepers and miles of concrete ties and pad will be replaced as part of a $24 million investment in Arizona’s rail infrastructure.

The work is part of a wider Union Pacific programme to boost safety and efficiency.

Work maintaining track will cost the freight operator $21 million while bridge maintenance will cost $2 million.

Almost 62,000 railway sleepers will be replaced between Tucson and Nogales, costing $7 million, and 26,000 sleepers on the line between Casa Grande and Tucson, costing $3 million.

In addition a $6 million investment will be made between Cochise and San Simon to replace 28 miles of concrete ties and pad.

From 2012 to 2016, Union Pacific invested more than $221 million on Arizona’s transportation infrastructure.


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