Union Pacific project replacing tracks’ ties
A crew of 64 workers began replacing worn out rail ties July 16 on the main tracks of Union Pacific’s railroad line between Janesville and Evansville.
“Not every single tie but a good majority of them will be replaced to maintain track structure,” said Taylor Oakden, track supervisor.
“They’re old and worn out,’’ he said.
Cost of the project, which stretches 43 miles, will be “well into the millions.” It will continue through the end of September, Oakden said.
Each tie is 8 feet long, 9 inches wide and weighs about 250 pounds, he said.
So the crew that works eight days on and seven days off is able to replace 1,000 ties and cover 1 mile each day, Oakden said.
Union Pacific’s Omaha, Neb. headquarters determine when and where ties are replaced, he said.
“Whoever drives these projects, decides which tracks throughout the company need work during the year,’’ Oakden said.
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