KCS Summer Track Maintenance to Cause Delays

Kansas City Southern Railway (KCSR) maintenance work is expected to cause service delays, according to a report in the Journal of Commerce.

KCSR plans to perform maintenance work on more than 7 miles of track between Missouri and Louisiana beginning May 30th through late August.

The railway said it will do everything in its power to minimize impact to customers shipping through the north-south corridor but could not disclose what sort of detours, curfews, or general delays could be expected during the slated work. The railroad did say there is no connection between maintenance work earlier this year that produced detours and curfews for the railway’s customers and the upcoming work. The work KCSR will be performed in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana is part of normal maintenance that is conducted on various parts of the network all year long.

KCS is investing roughly $24.6 million this year on construction and improvement projects on its Pittsburg, Heavener, and Shreveport subdivisions. The maintenance work this summer is set to include rail, cross tie, and crossing improvements between Neosho, Missouri, and Blanchard, Louisiana.

In total, the project will include the replacement of approximately 7.7 miles of rail and approximately 90,000 cross ties, as well as improvements to more than 130 road crossings between Neosho and Blanchard.

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