BNSF Railway will expand its northern east-west capacity by adding double track between the Spokane Valley in Washington and Hauser, Idaho.
The planned second 4.4-mile track will run parallel to BNSF’s existing line, and is part of BNSF’s efforts to speed up freight moving from Seattle to the Midwest.
Now in the design phase, the proposed work will see a new railroad bridge built that crosses the Spokane River, modifications of at-grade and overpass crossings, realignment of existing tracks, modifications to existing railroad structures and communication infrastructure.
When built, the double track will have a significant impact on reducing bottlenecks, as roughly 58 trains use the BNSF rail line per day.
By 2035, BNSF is projecting that the number of trains will increase to 114 trains daily.
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