A newly opened railroad bridge east of Missouri’s capital city is clearing the last major bottleneck for trains traveling between St. Louis and Jefferson City.
Officials expect the 1,200-foot-long Osage River rail bridge, which officially opened Monday in Osage City, to help improve on-time performance for Amtrak passenger trains and Union Pacific freight trains. There are about 60 freight trains and four passenger trains crossing the stretch each day between Kansas City and St. Louis. The new bridge means the entire line through eastern Missouri has double tracks instead of funneling to a single line to cross the Osage River. Building the bridge cost $28 million. Most of the money came from grants through the federal stimulus package, with about $6 million coming from Union Pacific.