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Apr 12, 2012 10:35 AM by AP

UP to upgrade stretch of railroad tracks

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - A stretch of Union Pacific railroad tracks running through Donaldsonville will receive a face-lift later this year which may include clearing away the high grass and weeds growing along railroad rights of way inside city limits.

The Advocate reports Paul Miller, senior special agent with Union Pacific Railroad, told the city council Tuesday that his company plans to erect a high security fence along a segment of the tracks through Donaldsonville.

Miller says the project includes erecting an 8-foot fence along the north side of the railroad between La. Highway 308 and St. Patrick Street, as well as clearing trees and shrubbery in the area.

Miller said the higher-grade fencing is recommended because of instances of vandalism to lower-grade fences in other areas.

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