Union Pacific Railroad is investing nearly $1 million in the rail line that runs in the Grand Junction area of Colorado.

Crews will be stabilizing the railroad track banking along the Colorado River.

The bank stabilization project will begin March 12 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of May.

Before the stabilizing project can begin, Union Pacific will undertake a significant cleanup of an area in Grand Junction known as ‘The Point’, located at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers.

The cleanup effort will include removing trash and debris that have collected in the vicinity over the years.

The project will help address significant public safety concerns with the installation of a fence along the Union Pacific tracks in the area near the river.

Union Pacific is coordinating its cleanup efforts with several local government and non-profit agencies.

“There were persons living illegally next to the railroad trackbed along the Colorado River in Grand Junction, and they put themselves in danger each time they would go to or from their shelters,” said Jay Everett, general superintendent – Denver Service Unit.

“Persons either had to cross the 740-foot railroad bridge or scale down a nearly 150-foot high embankment, then cross the tracks to gain access to this prohibited area.”

Union Pacific worked with the Grand Valley Coalition for the Homeless to relocate those that formerly living in the area along the railroad track.