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BNSF Railway Co. has completed a multiyear project to build a new Sandpoint Connector Bridge over Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille.
BNSF trains started operating over the new, three-quarter-mile-long bridge on Nov. 20, nearly a year ahead of schedule, BNSF announced on a website dedicated to the project.
The bridge's completion opens the door to a new project to modernize the original rail bridge. The old structure will be closed while crews perform that work, which is expected to be completed in mid-2023, BNSF officials said.
Once the old bridge is modernized, both bridges — which run parallel about 50 feet apart — will be open for rail traffic.