Union Pacific to improve 52 miles of track in Mo.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Union Pacific Railroad plans to make improvements to 52 miles of track on its rail line between St. Louis and the east-central Missouri community of Morrison.

The railroad company said Tuesday that it will spend nearly $29 million to lay new rail, redo 54 road crossings and replace five switches that move trains from one track to another. The improvements in Missouri are part of the company’s $3.2 billion nationwide maintenance plan this year.

Union Pacific’s route between St. Louis and Kansas City is used primarily by freight trains but also carries Amtrak passenger trains.

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