Agreement Reached for Protection of Railroad Bridge in Northeast Nebraska
NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — A
local railroad safety board has approved an agreement for a project to
protect a northeast Nebraska railroad bridge that collapsed amid heavy
flooding in 2010 from future flooding.
The Madison County Railroad
Transportation Safety District board approved the agreement Tuesday. The
plan calls for $40,000 from the district and $20,000 each from Union
Pacific Railroad and Nebraska Central Railroad. Union Pacific owns the
Elkhorn River bridge and leases its use to Nebraska Central.
The bridge collapsed during heavy flooding in June 2010, killing a railroad worker.
The flooding caused the river to change course, and officials fear the bridge could wash out again in the event of a new flood.
The project would help channel the river and reinforce its riverbanks.