New Bridge Helps Eliminate Delays for Freight and Passenger Trains between St. Louis and Jefferson City

Published on : Monday, November 25, 2013

Union PacificFederal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo, along with representatives of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak and contractor OCCI, Inc. today officially opened a new $28 million 1,200-foot railroad bridge across the Osage River – ahead of schedule and under budget. The new bridge adds capacity and targets continued improvement of on-time performance for freight trains and the AmtrakĀ® Missouri River Runner trains between Kansas City and St. Louis, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).



The new bridge, located just east of Jefferson City in Osage City, Mo., removes a major bottleneck that was caused when two tracks would funnel to one to cross the Osage River on a single-track railroad bridge, and then connect back to a double main line track. With the completion of the railroad bridge over the Osage River, the rail corridor between St. Louis and Jefferson City now consists entirely of two main line tracks.



“This new railroad bridge is yet another strategic investment in our rail infrastructure that will allow for higher performing passenger rail – while also laying a foundation to invest in faster, more frequent and even more reliable service,” said Administrator Szabo. “It also advances the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative – a vision Missouri shares with eight other states to connect the Midwest’s 40 largest cities with high-performance passenger rail.”



“The project eliminates the last bottleneck on the eastern portion of our St. Louis to Kansas City corridor which will benefit those riding the Missouri River Runner trains as well as Union Pacific customers,” said Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Northern Region. “The Missouri Department of Transportation has been a great partner. We look forward to exploring additional opportunities with them that benefit the public and our customers, allowing us to haul America’s goods by the most environmentally friendly mode of ground transportation.”



“We’re pleased to complete this new bridge ahead of schedule and under budget,” said MoDOT Director Dave Nichols. “This project proves that working together, we can deliver needed transportation projects that create jobs, improve safety and foster economic growth. Missourians have told us they want more transportation options, and better connectivity between our different modes of transportation. With limited transportation funding, however, difficult choices will need to be made if we are to be able to deliver projects like this one in the future.”



“Our partnership with the state of Missouri dates back to 1979 and is stronger than ever, with ridership growing and good on-time performance,” said Derrick James, Director, Amtrak Government Affairs. “We’ll sit down with MoDOT and Union Pacific and look at more ways to further improve the Missouri River Runner service with the new bridge now open over the Osage River.”


Source:-Union Pacific

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