With train derailment all over the news, Union Pacific wants to do some work to ensure that that does not happen to you. Union Pacific is in the midst of carrying out a $6 million improvement plan for rail improvements between South Roxana and Hillsboro. Spokesman for Union Pacific Mark Davis says the work is along 44 miles of track, but that rail traffic will continue to move along the line.
He says they work around operations by staggering work around hours of operation by starting work and stopping to let a train come through. Union Pacific plans on replacing 36,000 railroad ties, installing just shy of 22,000 tons of rock ballast and replace more than a quarter of a mile of rail in various curves. They also plan to repair surfaces at around 60 railroad crossings. Davis says from 2005 to 2014 Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on railroad improvements that contributed to a 38% decrease in derailments over the last 10 years. They say they plan on investing $119 million in 2015.