New railroad bridge will relieve congestion

Gov. Jay Nixon, at right, waves and Tom Carper, at podium, chairman of board of directors of Amtrak, pauses from his delivery while a Union Pacific train travels through Osage City during a ground-breaking on a new railroad bridge.

Gov. Jay Nixon, at right, waves and Tom Carper, at podium, chairman of board of directors of Amtrak, pauses from his delivery while a Union Pacific train travels through Osage City during a ground-breaking on a new railroad bridge. Photo by Julie Smith.

OSAGE CITY, Mo. — It’s been discussed for much of the last decade.

State, federal and Union Pacific officials finally got to hold a “ground-breaking” ceremony Thursday morning for construction of a $20 million second bridge to carry rail traffic across the Osage River.

“It’s really great to be out on a project that will make this line be even more efficient, more affluent and a greater contributor to the economy of Missouri and our company,” said Bob Turner, Union Pacific’s senior vice president for corporate relations.

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Completion of the bridge in about 16 months will end the last bottleneck in rail traffic across the eastern half of Union Pacific’s system in Missouri.

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