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New railroad bridge will relieve congestion

New railroad bridge will relieve congestion

March 30th, 2012 in News

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.

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.