Kansas City Southern (KCS), Kansas City, Mo., announced that its principal U.S. subsidiary, The Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR), will invest approximately $15 million in 2016 on rail and bridge improvement projects on its Beaumont Subdivision between DeQuincy and LeRidder, La. These projects will help grow capacity, as well as maintain and enhance safety on KCS’ cross-border network.

The work will begin on Jan. 12 and continue through the end of February, replacing 25 miles of rail and making a number of bridge improvements.

“KCS, through its U.S. and Mexican subsidiaries, continues to invest in capital projects to expand network capacity, keep maintenance in a regular and healthy cycle and enhance the safety of our operation,” says David Starling, chief executive officer. “These investments also help us be an economic growth partner to our customers and the communities through which we operate.”

In Louisiana, KCSR owns and operates approximately 915 miles of rail infrastructure and serves the river ports of Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Natchitoches and the Gulf port of New Orleans.