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An earth-moving machine removes dirt Tuesday near the west end of the old railroad bridge over U.S. Highway 75 north of Lyndon.

A project to install a new pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 75, north of Lyndon, is progressing with dirt work that has removed much of the embankment adjacent to the highway in proximity to the bridge.

The project is located approximately .28 miles north of the junction of U.S. 75 and state highways 31 and 268. Included will be removal of the 80-year-old railroad bridge over U.S. 75, grading work to widen the slopes adjacent to the bridge, addition of paved shoulders, and installation of the pedestrian bridge. The project began in June.

U.S. 75 is expected to be closed in September for approximately three days to remove the existing railroad bridge, with another three-day closure planned for installation of the new bridge. Kansas Department of Transportation officials have said advance notice will be given when the closures are scheduled to take place. A marked detour will be provided during the closures.

TL Enterprises, Inc., is the primary contractor on the $887,364 bridge project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The scheduled completion date for the project is late October.

The pedestrian bridge will allow the Flint Hills Nature Trail to cross the highway. The trail, which follows the old Missouri Pacific rail line, has portions completed near Vassar, although the portion of the trail west of U.S. 75 to Osage City is undeveloped.