With an expected cost of more than half a billion dollars, Union Pacific Railroad's latest construction project is one for the record books. Work on Brazos Yard in Robertson County, Texas, began in January on approximately 1,875 acres.
“At $550 million, Brazos Yard represents the largest capital investment in a single facility in the company's 155-year history,” said Jeff DeGraff, Union Pacific spokesman. “As the first yard of its kind built in more than a generation, it will showcase best practices in operating efficiency, technology and innovation.
“This project has been an important part of Union Pacific's planning for several years, as we've monitored customer demand and economic growth across the region. We're moving forward now, based on current demand and building for future freight transportation needs.”
DeGraff said Brazos Yard construction is progressing with the earthwork for the track grade, road grade and drainage, adding that the economic benefits will be significant, once work is finished.