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Posted on: May 25, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Union Pacific Railroad Gets In The Weeds

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In order to comply with federal regulations and  operate freight trains safely, Union Pacific maintains an annual vegetation control program. As part of this regular maintenance, Union Pacific will have crews working in Eugene city limits May 28-June 1. 


Why does Union Pacific spray for vegetation?

Union Pacific addresses vegetation for public safety as well as the safety of its employees and train operations. Federal and state regulations require railroads to maintain a vegetation control program. Vegetation management is a critical part of fire prevention. It’s also important for the safety of its employees and the trains we operate. Cutting and spraying vegetation ensures its employees can easily see railroad signals and railroad crossings as they operate trains in the city. Vegetation management also reduces fire hazards.


How often does Union Pacific treat vegetation in Eugene?

Union Pacific's goal is to treat the right of way along Union Pacific tracks once a year. The company only retreats in areas where the treatment was not effective.


What time will Union Pacific be spraying?

Union Pacific applies spray early in the morning, the calmest time of the day. Daily application is done around the train operations.


What type of product will be used?

Payload or Oust Extra, Accord, Induce and Glyphosate are the primary products used for vegetation management.

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