BNSF Railway (BNSF) is planning to invest $93m in Illinois and $61m in Iowa, US, in 2012 for railway maintenance, capacity improvements and expansion projects.
The Illinois investment will be used for a track maintenance programme, which will include 1,216 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, as well as the replacement of 34 miles of rail and 270,000 ties.
BNSF chairman and chief executive officer Matthew Rose said: "BNSF’s investments will improve our ability to provide rail freight services to Illinois businesses and communities, and will expand opportunities to create more jobs and growth for the Illinois economy."
Under the project, the company will continue its work on the Burlington Bridge by replacing existing through-truss spans, as well as start work to replace its bridge over the Missouri River between Plattsmouth in Nebraska and Pacific Junction in Iowa.
The track maintenance programme in Iowa will include 315 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, as well as the replacement of 27 miles of rail and around 183,000 ties.
The investments in Illinois and Iowa are part of the company’s $3.9bn capital investment programme for 2012, out of which around $2.1bn will be spent on improvements on the railway’s core network and related assets.
The company is also planning to invest $1.1bn on locomotives, freight cars and other equipment acquisitions.
Around $300m will be invested in federally-mandated positive train control (PTC) technology and $400m will be put towards terminal, line and intermodal expansion and efficiency projects.
Earlier in August, the company announced that it would invest $106m in Washington railway maintenance.
Image: BNSF’s investments in Illinois and Iowa will pay for track surfacing and undercutting, as well as rail and tie replacement projects. Photo: courtesy of Ron Reiring.