Our rail bridges in St. Louis are getting old, Eads 1874, Merchants 1889, and MacArthur 1917. There's some talk of a new one. What are the newest rail bridges out there? Have any major ones been built in America post WWII?
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quincunx wrote:Our rail bridges in St. Louis are getting old, Eads 1874, Merchants 1889, and MacArthur 1917. There's some talk of a new one. What are the newest rail bridges out there? Have any major ones been built in America post WWII?BNSF has done a few major and several minor bridge replacements recently, among which are the second Plattsmouth Bridge across the Missouri (http://www.bnsf.com/employees/communica ... -05-b.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) and the new Burlington Rail Bridge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlington_Rail_Bridge" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) across the Mississippi.
quincunx wrote:I've been thinking about a new one for St. Louis and how much it would cost. Our new highway bridge, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, and its approaches cost $700M. Would a new railroad bridge and approaches likely to top $1B?Including approaches, on a new alignment, in a metropolitan area, over a major waterway... perhaps, The proposals for freight rail over (or under) New York Harbor, either at the Verrazano Narrows or under Liberty Island, definitely top $1B. Most of the new construction is meant to replace old bridges though, either those currently in use or on a formerly-abandoned alignment, so that would be much less expensive.
bulleit wrote:The new Kate Shelley Bridge at Des Moines IA was placed in service by the Union Pacific in 2009. It replaced the old Kate Shelley Bridge built in 1900. There is a page on wikipedia about Kate Shelley explaining who she was and why the railroad has a bridge named after her.This is what I was trying to think of the name. thanks for posting this...