Work expected to soon begin on $1 million railroad project

Work is scheduled to begin March 12 on a nearly $1 million project to stabilize Union Pacific Railroad banking along the Colorado River in the Grand Valley.

The project, part of $3.6 billion in capital and maintenance programs planned nationwide by Union Pacific in 2012, is expected to be completed in May.

The Grand Valley project also will include fencing along the tracks near the river as well as the cleanup of an area known as the “Point” located at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers.

Union Pacific is coordinating cleanup efforts with local government and nonprofit agencies. The railroad also is working with the Grand Valley Coalition for the Homeless and Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley to relocate people who had been living illegally in the area along the railroad track.