The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) is planning to invest about $15m in rail and bridge improvement projects on its Beaumont Subdivision between DeQuincy and DeRidder in Louisiana, US.

The projects are expected to help increase capacity, and maintain and improve safety on Kansas City Southern (KCS) cross-border network.

Scope of work will include replacing 25 miles of rail and making a number of bridge improvements.

"These investments also help us be an economic growth partner to our customers and the communities through which we operate."

In order to carry out these projects, KCSR will work with communities of DeQuincy, Oretta and Singer.

Kansas City Southern CEO David Starling said: "KCS, through its US and Mexican subsidiaries, continues to invest in capital projects to expand network capacity, keep maintenance in a regular and healthy cycle, and enhance the safety of our operation.

"These investments also help us be an economic growth partner to our customers and the communities through which we operate."

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KCSR owns and operates about 915 miles of rail infrastructure and serves the river ports of Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Natchitoches and the Gulf port of New Orleans.

The company also serves several transload facilities in the state, and its network in the region serves as an effective transportation and logistics solution for shippers moving goods throughout North America.

KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the US, Mexico and Panama, and its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, serving north-eastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz.

It also has a 50% interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal.