SPRING, Texas - Union Pacific says it plans to boost safety and efficiency with an approximately $41 million infrastructure investment in Oklahoma in 2017.

The railroad said in a recent news release, that investment plan includes several key projects:

  • $8-million investment in the rail line between Parsons, Kansas and Big Cabin to replace 62,431 railroad ties and install 28,642 tons of rock ballast.
  • $7-million investment in the rail line between the Oklahoma state line and Gore to replace 53,308 railroad ties and install 24,247 tons of rock ballast.

"Union Pacific’s targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Oklahoma," said Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Southern Region.

The release says these expenditures are a part of an ongoing investment strategy for the railroad. 

From 2012 to 2016, Union Pacific invested more than $236 million strengthening its Oklahoma infrastructure.