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Wed March 13, 2013 - West Edition #6
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Rising train traffic is prompting BNSF Railway to make plans to install a second track from Hauser, Idaho, to the Spokane Valley.
The project calls for a 4.4-mi. second track to be installed parallel to an existing BNSF mainline track, which carries freight from Seattle to the Midwest. The project is to be finished by 2035.
The Spokesman-Review said the project includes modifications of crossings, realignment of existing tracks, changes to existing railroad structures and construction of a new bridge over the Spokane River.
The goal is to ensure double track capacity across the Idaho Panhandle to the Spokane Valley.
An estimated 58 trains use the BNSF rail line every day. It's expected by 2035, that number will increase to 114 trains daily.
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