CN announces capital spending plans across U.S., Canadian systems (updated)

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HOMEWOOD, Ill. — Canadian National continues to announce its capital spending plans in the United States, after previously announcing plans in Canada.

The railroad has now announced plans in five states. It says it will spend $190 million in Illinois, $120 million in Wisconsin, $100 million in Tennessee, more than $95 million in Louisiana, and more than $80 million in Minnesota.. Investments in positive train control are part of the figures for Illinois, Wisconsin, and Louisiana. Other significant projects include expansion of the Joliet (Ill.) Intermodal Terminal; construction of eight miles of double track near Hawthorne, Wis.; a new passing siding near Glendale, Minn.; and, in Louisiana, a multi-year project to rebuild the 2-mile-long bridge over the spillway near the southwest shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Combined, work in the five states will also include replacement of more than 86 miles of rail and 413,000 ties, and rebuilds at more than 190 grade crossings.

The railroad had previously announced plans in Canada (all figures in Canadian dollars):

— $370 million in Alberta, with projects including three double-tracking projects totaling about 24 miles;

— $345 million in British Columbia, including a new passing siding in Port Edward, B.C., 2.5 miles of double track west of Prince George, and a multi-year project to increase capacity at the port of Vancouver;

— $320 million in Ontario, including new equipment, infrastructure, and a satellite terminal for the Brampton, Ont., intermodal facility;

— $245 million in Saskatchewan, including four double-tracking projects totaling about 35 miles;

— $235 million in Quebec;

— $120 million in Manitoba, including a new siding near Nourse, Man., and 6.3 miles of double track near Exira, Man.;

— $45 million in New Brunswick;

—  $5 million in Nova Scotia.

— Note: Updated with plans for Minnesota on April 11. CN is gradually releasing its plans systemwide; this article will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
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