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UP to complete 'Boone High' rail bridge in Iowa next year


By Thanksgiving next year, Union Pacific Railroad will open one of the highest double-track rail bridges in North America. On Friday, the Class I announced a $43 million bridge in Boone, Iowa, that’s been under construction since March will be completed in November 2008.

The railroad is building the 2,550-foot-long, 190-foot-high bridge to accommodate projected traffic growth.

“The Boone High Bridge is a modern-day engineering feat that will enhance our long-term ability to improve operational efficiency and customer service,” said UP Vice President of Engineering Bill Wimmer in a prepared statement.

HDR Engineering Inc. provided engineering services and obtained necessary permits for bridge, which is being built by contractor OCCI Inc.

To find out why Class Is are outsourcing more engineering work to HDR and other firms, see Progressive Railroading’s September issue, page 58.

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