approved for U.S. 75 pedestrian bridge
The Kansas Department of Transportation announced last week
that a bid had been approved for replacement of the abandoned
Missouri Pacific railroad bridge north of the U.S. Highway 75
and state Highway 268 intersection.
The winning bid of $887,364.64 was submitted by T. L. Enterprises,
Inc., Garnett. Bid letting was held March 24 for the bridge
replacement and about 20 transportation projects around the
In the Osage County project, the old 90-foot-long railroad bridge
will be removed and replaced with a 12-foot-wide, 186-foot-long
pedestrian bridge. The U.S. 75 driving lanes under the bridge,
and for approximately 350 feet on either side of the bridge,
will be reconstructed to include 10-foot shoulders. The slopes
underneath the bridge will be cut back to provide better sight
distance for drivers, according to KDOT officials.
“The project will begin construction in mid to late spring
and is tentatively scheduled to be completed by late summer
2010, weather permitting,” Kimberly Qualls, KDOT’s
northeast Kansas public affairs manager, said Monday.
The bridge is part of the rail-banked Missouri Pacific line,
portions of which are being developed by the Kanza Rails to
Trails Conservancy (KRTC) as hiking, biking and horseback trails.
As proposed by KRTC, the bridge will provide access over the
highway for trail users heading west toward Osage City once
the trail is developed further.
Local and state officials had complained the old bridge created
a safety hazard for oversize loads on U.S. 75 and impeded commerce.
KDOT announced last year that approximately $2 million in federal
stimulus, or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, funds were
secured for the project. The project was included as a federal
transportation enhancement project.