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
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
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
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.