Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Aging Merchant's railroad bridge studied for possible replacement

The nearly 120-year-old Merchant's Bridge across the Mississippi River at St. Louis is being scrutinized for possible rehabilitation or replacement to help relieve some of the rail traffic on the near-capacity MacArthur Bridge - and possibly allow for faster Amtrak train service into the city.
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $13.5 million grant "to advance the design of a new bridge over the Mississippi River" that might replace the Merchant's Bridge, which was built in the 1890s to handle mainly St. Louis freight but also handles a limited number of Amtrak passenger trains. The bridge is about three miles north of the Eads Bridge. Continued

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