Rail crossings in Kenosha County will be smoothed and improved by crews working for Union Pacific this summer.
The railroad has announced plans for more than $2.2 million in rail upgrades in the Kenosha area, starting with crossings on the city’s north side.
Statewide, the company has set aside $9.7 million for transportation infrastructure improvements in 2018 as part of a private investment in order to enhance safety and operating efficiency, and to support customer service, the company said in a release.
According to Karen South, Union Pacific director of media relations, the project will include $2.2 million for improvements to railroad crossings between Kenosha and St. Francis, located near Milwaukee.
Construction work is scheduled to begin near the north side of Kenosha and run north through Racine and up toward Milwaukee. In Kenosha, the work will follow the lines through the center of the city, as part of the Union Pacific Kenosha Subdivision, as platted when the rails were first laid out.
“We will close one crossing at a time to replace the pads between the rails and asphalt,” South said. “Depending on the crossing’s size, this work typically takes one to three days. This fall, a tie gang will go through and replace more than 27,000 ties along the same corridor.”
The company’s planned investment in state infrastructure is slated to include a range of initiatives, including $8.7 million to maintain railroad track and $1 million to maintain bridges in the state. Other large projects planned this year include:
$3 million investment in the rail line between the village of Woodville to just west of the village of Friendship to replace more than 28,000 railroad ties.
$1 million investment in the rail line between Tunnel City and the village of Wyeville to replace roughly 8,000 railroad ties.
This year’s planned $9.7 million capital expenditure in Wisconsin is part of Union Pacific’s ongoing investment strategy, company officials stated. In the last five years, Union Pacific has invested more than $75.7 million toward strengthening Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure.
“Our targeted investments support customers and enhance our efficiency to deliver the goods American businesses and families use daily,” said Liisa Stark, Union Pacific assistant vice president of public affairs for the railroad’s northern region, in a released statement.
Union Pacific plans to spend $3.3 billion across its network this year, following investments totaling approximately $34 billion from 2008-2017.