Overpass Work Could Begin in July

6 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 30 2013 May 30, 2013 Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:08:00 AM CDT May 30, 2013 in News

ROCKVIEW, Mo. (AP) - Work to replace a southeast Missouri highway overpass damaged after a train collision and derailment could begin in July.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the Missouri Department of Transportation plans to expedite the bid process to replace the Route M overpass in Scott County.

MoDOT District Engineer Mark Shelton says the goal is to let a contract around July 1 with the target of having a new overpass finished by September.

The overpass was destroyed Saturday after a Union Pacific train struck a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train, derailing several rail cars. The derailed cars knocked down one of the bridge support pillars.

The replacement cost is about $3 million. It isn't yet known if either of the railroad company will share in the cost.

 

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