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UP to upgrade Portland bridge electrical system

12/14/2016    

Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad



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UP is replacing the electrical system of the Portland Steel Bridge.Photo – Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad is replacing the electrical system of Portland's Steel Bridge in Oregon, the Class I announced yesterday.

The railroad will keep the lift portion of the bridge in the down position Jan. 9-18 for maintenance work as part of the project. The company worked with the U.S. Coast Guard and other Willamette River stakeholders to plan the 10-day closure that will impact river traffic only.

UP is replacing the electrical system to improve lift bridge redundancies and simplify electrical system access for bridge maintenance staff, according to a UP press release.

UP owns the bridge, which was built in 1912 and originally carried railroad traffic on the lower deck, with pedestrian, wagons and buggies on the upper deck.


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