Union Pacific Maintenance Begins Wednesday
Source: City of Goleta
Union Pacific will be replacing rail along various stretches of the railroad tracks in Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Goleta and Santa Barbara, California. This work is necessary maintenance to maintain the safe operation of passenger and freight service. Approximately 40 miles of track will be replaced along this corridor. During construction activities, nearby residents will hear additional horn sounding from the trains. This is required by law during construction activities. They also will hear construction noise as work is being done, including equipment with back-up warning devices. There also will be bright lights used to illuminate work areas.
Maintenance activities will begin Jan. 6, 2021, and crews will work evenings from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. This work could not be done during daylight hours due to passenger rail on this corridor, which could not establish bus-bridges due to the pandemic. Workers will be on an 8-day-on, 6-day-off schedule.
Crews will normally work from Tuesday through Tuesday, but will initially begin on Wednesday (Jan. 6) due to the holiday.
Work will begin with replacing several small rail segments from Oxnard to Santa Barbara. Once this is completed, crews will begin replacing rail in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Montecito, and will continue to San Luis Obispo. Crews will move from south to north.
Union Pacific appreciates the community’s patience and support during this project. This work is critical for the continued safe operation of trains along this corridor.