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Missouri begins construction on Osage River bridge


Today, Missouri and Federal Railroad Administration officials broke ground on a new railroad bridge over the Osage River. The $28 million project is being funded in part by a $22.6 million High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program grant.

The project is designed to eliminate one of the country’s worst rail bottlenecks, increase capacity, and reduce delays for Amtrak trains traveling between Kansas City and St. Louis, according to the FRA. More than 60 trains operate along the 283-mile corridor daily.

Once the new 1,200-foot bridge is built in Osage City, just east of Jefferson City, the rail corridor between St. Louis and Jefferson City will feature two mainline tracks that will enable four Amtrak and 60-plus freight trains pass through the area unimpeded, according to a press release.

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