UP Finishes Railroad Crossings Project in Arkansas, Elsewhere

OCTOBER 18, 2005 - Posted at 7:45 a.m. CDT

PINE BLUFF, AR - An upgrade of railroad crossings across Union Pacific's system gives motorists a way to notify officials about problems along the tracks.

The railroad recently completed a $16 million, four-year project to install new crossbuck warning signs across its 23-state system, including Arkansas.  New signs in Arkansas include a toll-free number that motorists can call to tell the railroad about problems.

Each crossing has a unique Department of Transportation number that's included on the sign, along with a number for Union Pacific's Response Management Communication Center.  If a call comes in that a car is stuck on the tracks, the dispatcher is notified to stop train traffic.

The crossbuck and emergency notification signs were installed at public crossings without flashing lights or gates.

The toll-free telephone number to report emergencies is 1-888-877-7267.

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