Union Pacific Railroad is enhancing Kansas’ transportation infrastructure by investing $14.4 million in the rail line that runs between Kansas City and just east of Topeka.

The project is in progress and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

The 55-mile project includes replacing nearly 11 miles of rail, along with about a mile of rail in various curves, as well as renewing the surfaces at 83 road crossings.

In addition, crews will be replacing 52,400 ties, spreading 21,400 tons of rock ballast to help provide a more stable roadbed and replacing 14 switches – the machines that move a train from one track to another.

Union Pacific plans to invest $3.6 billion in its rail network during 2012, supporting America’s current and future freight transportation needs and enhancing the safety and efficiency of the railroad’s 32,000-mile network.