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UP relocates bridge as part of plan to bypass Kansas town

Yesterday, Union Pacific Railroad finished relocating a 183-foot rail bridge over the Big Blue River in Marysville, Kan. The Class I disconnected the 30-year-old, 315-ton bridge from existing approaches and abutments, and moved the structure 200 feet down river on a barge.

The project is part of a multi-year plan — formed in November 2002, and funded by UP, the U.S. Corps of Engineers and Kansas Department of Transportation — to reroute trains south and west of Marysville.

To be completed in summer 2005, the plan includes constructing six run-through tracks in a soon-to-be-built yard south of the city, and bridges to route U.S. Highways 36 and 77 traffic over the tracks and yard.

Each day, 60 to 80 trains move through Marysville; 30 to 40 trains now will travel over the relocated bridge.

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