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UP to restart track projects in Calif. and Arizona

Union Pacific Railroad says it is restarting track improvement projects in California and Arizona that were put on hold because of the recession.

The railroad says it will spend about $18 million by the end of the year to add a second track along 18 miles of its main east-west Sunset Route, half in Imperial County, Calif., and half in the Phoenix area.

More double-tracking projects are planned for 2011.

Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific has been working to install a second set of tracks on the 760-mile main line between from El Paso, Texas, and Los Angeles for years. The company has double-tracked 292 miles of the line since it merged with Southern Pacific in 1996.

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