Union Pacific Corp. plans to invest US$200 mln to expand its South Louisiana operations to meet the needs of petrochemical plants along the Mississippi River. The expansion includes a new support yard in St. James Parish; an additional 29 miles of track from Livonia to Addis, providing dual lines for greater capacity, and the addition of more staging slots in Livonia.
The railroad will better serve key plants along the Mississippi River from Livonia to Avondale. The support yard in St. James Parish will enable growth for existing and anticipated customers in St. James Parish and the Donaldsonville area. It will reduce train delays, increase fluidity, and enhance performance. The track from Livonia to Addis will run alongside the existing Union Pacific line, adding capacity and reducing delays. The Union Pacific expansion is in addition to the company's maintenance of more than 1,100 miles of track in Louisiana.