- Associated Press - Sunday, March 26, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A new railroad bridge connecting Bismarck and Mandan could be built as soon as next year.

BNSF Railway is in the early stages of planning a new crossing over the Missouri River. The new bridge would replace one of Bismarck’s oldest and most recognizable landmarks.

BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth tells The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2nXIPnp ) the current bridge is reaching the end of its useful lifespan. The current bridge was built in 1882 and has spans dating to 1905.

McBeth says the bridge is still structurally sound, but part of BNSF’s bridge management plan includes evaluating bridges across the company’s network.

She says the railroad is evaluating whether to take the old bridge down.

Up to 16 trains daily cross the bridge. Building the bridge opened the way for travel westward.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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