Gov. Jay Nixon today joined officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration, Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak in a ground-breaking for a new $20 million railroad bridge across the Osage River. The bridge, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, will increase the capacity of the railroad line between St. Louis and Jefferson City and help reduce delays for Amtrak service between Kansas City and St. Louis.
"This bridge will help spark new jobs and economic growth in Missouri, both during its construction and as it helps move passengers and freight across Missouri more efficiently, more safely, and in greater numbers for many years to come," Gov. Nixon said.
The project will alleviate a bottleneck on the rail corridor caused by a single bridge that currently funnels two tracks on either side of the river into one track on the bridge. With the completion of the bridge, the rail corridor between St. Louis and Jefferson City will have two mainline tracks for the entire distance.
"Construction and expansion of vital infrastructure will continue to play a large role in creating jobs and boosting our economy," the Governor said. "Coupled with the announcement this week that Enbridge USA is moving with its $2.8 billion energy pipeline across 11 Missouri counties, we continue to see large-scale projects in Missouri that are putting people to work. I applaud Union Pacific and our other partners for their work that is helping move our state forward."
The Osage River railroad bridge project is being constructed with funding awarded to Missouri under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.