FORT WORTH, Texas--BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) plans to invest an estimated $210 million on maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in Missouri this year.
BNSF will enhance capacity by extending a siding at Jeff, Missouri to 10,000 feet, and by improving a bridge over the Missouri River near St. Louis, said the company.
BNSF will also continue its track maintenance program in Missouri, which will include more than 3,500 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of 195 miles of rail, and almost 390,000 ties, as well as significant signal upgrades for federally mandated positive train control (PTC).
“BNSF’s capital investments in Missouri will help ensure our network is prepared for growing demand for freight rail,” said Matthew K. Rose, chairman and chief executive officer. “We are focused on investing to meet our customers’ expectations and on expanding capacity where growth is occurring. Given the importance of a low cost supply chain to the U.S. economy, our privately funded rail infrastructure is well positioned to help Missouri compete in global markets.”
In related news, the company also plans to invest an estimated $175 million on maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in Kansas this year.
BNSF’s 2013 capacity expansion projects in Kansas include completing construction of BNSF’s Logistics Park Kansas City Intermodal facility in Edgerton; construction of a new 10,000-ft. siding and extension of industry track to 3,000 feet near Spring Hill, Kansas; improvements to BNSF’s Topeka shops; and significant signal upgrades for federally mandated positive train control (PTC).
BNSF will continue its maintenance program in the state, which will include about 2,500 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of nearly 100 miles of rail and about 375,000 railroad ties.