BNSF Railway Co. on Tuesday identified states and projects that will receive a portion of its record $4.3 billion for capital investment in 2013.
The company plans to invest about $125 million on maintenance and rail expansion projects in Washington, including construction of two receiving and departure tracks nearly 7,000 feet long at its Delta yard in Everett, expansion of its automotive distribution facility in Orillia, and replacement of about 175 miles of track and railroad ties.
BNSF's network in Montana will be the beneficiary of $150 million, which will go towards three new unit train staging tracks about three miles east of Glasgow, machine vision technology to detect damaged equipment, replacement of nearly 100 miles of track and other rehabilitation work.
The railroad plans to spend an estimated $220 million on improvements in North Dakota, including three new sidings west of Minot, extended sidings near Glen Ullin and Hillsboro, improvements to six sidings between Minot and Grand Forks, 10 miles of raised track to keep it above rising water over Devils Lake, a double crossover track east of Williston and other enhancements.
The expansion is necessary to keep up with growing demand, BNSF said. - Eric Kulisch