Railroad BNSF to invest $120 million in Missouri

BNSF Railway Co. has announced it will invest $120 million in capital improvements in the state of Missouri in 2018.

BNSF will focus on 730 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work and the replacement of nearly 30 miles of rail and about 220,000 ties. The changeout of a bridge over the Grand River near Kansas City also will be completed this year. The railroad owns more than 1,400 miles of track and employs over 3,600 people in Missouri.

The investment in Missouri is part of BNSF’s $3.3 billion network-wide capital expenditure program.

“Missouri’s position at the geographic center of the U.S. makes it a crucial point in our nation’s supply chain,” Ben Sharpe, general manager of operations of BNSF’s Heartland Division, said in a statement. “These maintenance and expansion projects help ensure Missouri continues to move freight across our nation, including agricultural products from farmers across the state and consumer products making their way to U.S. markets from West Coast ports.”

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal

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