February 23, 2018 3:30 PM, EST

BNSF to Spend $485 Million in Texas, Oklahoma on Maintenance Projects

BNSF locomotive TT File Photo

BNSF Railway is spending $375 million in Texas and $110 million in Oklahoma as part of its $3.3 billion 2018 capital expenditure program that focuses on maintenance projects.

In Texas, the railroad will conduct track surfacing and/or undercutting on about 1,400 miles of track and replace nearly 40 miles of rail and 450,000 ties. Also, the railroad will quadruple the main line track of four miles through Amarillo, complete the installation of a centralized traffic control system on its Wichita Falls Subdivision and begin a new connection and siding on its Houston-area Conroe subdivision. Plans also call for the completion of the Alliance Intermodal facility, and the start of work on a new bridge over the Trinity River near Fort Worth.

In Oklahoma, BNSF will conduct about 620 miles of track resurfacing and/or undercutting and replace about 30 miles of rail and more than 230,000 ties. Additionally, a new siding will be built on the Avard subdivision between Avard and Tulsa.

The Class 1 railroad, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Co., plans this year to replace and upgrade more than 500 miles of rail, 3 million rail ties and ballasts while maintaining its rolling stock of locomotives. There also will be about 13,000 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work.