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In this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, pedestrians climb over a motionless Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train at Lacey Boulevard earlier in Jan. 2015.

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HANFORD — BNSF Railway is currently replacing more than 35,000 ties over a 75-mile stretch of track from north of Madera to Corcoran, including in Hanford.

BNSF's $170 million capital commitment in California for 2017 is primarily focused on maintenance projects that help ensure BNSF continues to operate a safe and reliable network.

The largest component of this year's capital plan will be for replacing and upgrading rail, rail ties and ballast, which are the main components for the tracks on which BNSF trains operate.

“Regular maintenance of the railroad allows BNSF to keep its network infrastructure in optimal condition,” said a statement from BNSF.

The project started in September and is due to be completed on Oct. 16. It is being done utilizing seven-hour nightly work windows Sunday through Thursday each week.

BNSF said it is working closely with Amtrak to minimize delays and complete this work as efficiently and safely as possible.

Passengers are advised to confirm schedules and service with Amtrak.

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