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BNSF prepares for maintenance project

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A regional rail line maintenance project is planned to begin by mid-January, which is why railroad ties can be seen beside tracks in many areas in the city. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Happen to notice quite a few railroad ties showing up in the area?

That’s because the freight railroad company serving southern New Mexico plans to do a large regional maintenance project in 2019 that will include the Roswell area.

In preparation of that, new railroad ties have been placed by tracks throughout the area and some track maintenance equipment has been parked along tracks on North Virginia Avenue.

Joe Sloan, public affairs director for BNSF, formerly known as Burlington Northern and Santa Fe, said that the rail ties replacement project is for the Carlsbad subdivision, which runs from south of Campbell near the Clovis Highway (U.S. 70) to the Carlsbad area.

He said the project is expected to begin by mid-January and is anticipated to have “minimal impact to residents and business as all work will be within the BNSF right-of-way.”

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BNSF has invested about $545 million in New Mexico from 2013 to 2017, Sloan indicated. The investment in 2018 is expected to be about $80 million.