BNSF has some capacity-expansion and long-needed maintenance projects lined up for Washington in 2014.
On February 7, a tie gang will begin on the Sumas Sub installing almost 42,000 ties between Sedro Wooley and Sumas. They will be doing that into mid-March.
On March 12, a shoulder ballast cleaner and high-speed surfacing crew will begin work on the Yakima Valley and Stampede Subs. They will start at SP&S Jct. in Pasco and work their way west to MP 72, about nine miles east of Palmer Jct.
On March 14, a production undercutter will begin undercutting Main 2 between Ballard and Mukilteo, MP 6.5 to MP 28 - one month for that work. Between May 6 and May 19, they will work from Voltage, WA to Malaga. May 21 to July 7, undercut between Leavenworth and Skykomish.
On June 23, there will be a P-811 machine changing out wood for concrete ties on the Bellingham Sub. This is part of the ARRA/high speed rail work. It looks like they will be putting in concrete ties between Samish and Ferndale on select curves. That will take them into early August. Much later in the year, also on the Bellingham Sub, it looks like English might get a new track laid. Rumor has it BNSF wanted three tracks, but was not willing to pay what the property owner was asking. The Mt. Vernon siding extension might happen, too.
Over on the east side of the state, there is a capacity project on the Lakeside Sub. Starting from Pasco and going east, Cactus siding will get extended about two miles on each end. At Cunningham, the 2 main track gets extended to the west by a couple miles. Sand 2 main track gets a three mile extension to the east to Lind. At Tokio, the siding gets extended three miles west. Between MP 36 and MP 38 a new siding called Lamphier will be built. Finally, Babb connects to Cheney with about 6.5 miles of 2 main tracks. The grading on all of these is either complete or nearing completion. The track work should start April 8 at Cactus.