BNSF Railway Company plans to improve switching efficiency at the Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) through a yard track expansion. The upgrades at Edgerton will be part of an estimated $103 million BNSF anticipates spending on rail maintenance and capacity improvements throughout the state.
In addition to track expansion in Edgerton, BNSF will also construct 11 miles of double track from Bonita, Kan., to Hillsdale, Kan., this year. The railroad company will also surface and undercaut 1,284 miles of track in Kansas, replace nearly 33 miles of rail, and replace more than 94,000 rail ties in Kansas this year. It will also upgrade signals as part of a federally-mandated positive train control.
BNSF allocates capital for infrastructure and expansion projects each year.
“This year’s substantial investments in Kansas are a clear reflection of how important our operations in the state are to our overall network and our unwavering commitment to always operating safely – for our people and the communities in which we operate,” BNSF general manager of operations Kansas division, Greg Lawler, said.
BNSF owns and maintains its rail network and continued maintenance limits the number of unscheduled service outages that can slow down the rail network and reduce capacity.
“This year’s planned expansion and maintenance projects will help give BNSF the capacity flexibility it needs to support our customers’ growing demands and connect Kansas products to key markets,” Lawler said.