Union Pacific Railroad project under way

The Union Pacific Railroad has announced plans to invest $4 million in improvements to 27 miles of its rail line between Grand Junction and Cameo.

The project, which is already under way and is expected to be completed in May, will include the replacement of 25,200 railroad ties and the spreading of 13,300 tons of rock ballast to provide a more stable road bed. The project also will  renew surfaces at 42 railroad crossings along the line.

The improvements are part of about $3.6 billion worth of work planned for 2012 for the 32,000-mile Union Pacific network.

That private investment will exceed the infrastructure spending of highway departments in 46 states, according to a Union Pacific news release.

From 2000 through 2011, the Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its rail network and operations. The Union Pacific rails run through 23 states in the western two-thirds of the United States.