Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is moving forward with plans to build a new single track 1,676-foot bridge over the Missouri River adjacent to the existing bridge near Plattsmouth.
The Cassgram reports joint public notice was delivered last week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Those agencies are reviewing the project’s compliance with the Clean Water Act.
In describing the project, the Corps’ notice says “The new bridge and mainline track will be constructed on an offset alignment 60 feet downstream of the existing bridge.”
The project purpose: “…to provide a new off-line crossing over the Missouri River. This crossing would maintain the connection of Oreapolis on the Nebraska side to Pacific Junction on the Iowa side of the Missouri River. This connection is vital to BNSF’s coal route from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to the utilities and power plants that use the coal. The line also carries intermodal traffic, as well as two Amtrak trains daily between the west coast and Chicago.”
The Corps is now accepting comments and questions on the new BNSF bridge project. “Anyone whose interests may be affected by the proposed/completed work is invited to submit favorable or unfavorable written comments to the Nebraska Regulatory Office – Wehrspann, 8901 South 154th Street, Suite 1, Omaha, NE 68138-3621.” The comment period expires August 8th. The Corps notes that anyone may request, in writing, that a public hearing be held on the applications.