$7 Million Federal Grant Will Help Update MacArthur Bridge

By on February 12, 2019

From St. Louis Business Journal:  The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis won a $7.17 million federal grant toward replacing a truss on the west approach to the MacArthur Bridge that runs over South Broadway near Interstate 55 in St. Louis.

The Consolidated Railroad Safety and Infrastructure Grant is through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Rail road Administration. The Terminal Railroad Association, or TRRA, which owns the bridge, will cover the remainder of the project’s $14.5 million total cost, officials said.

MacArthur Bridge, constructed between 1906 and 1913, links St. Louis and East St. Louis over the Mississippi River. The new project will bring it up to current rail standards, TRRA officials said.

The current structure represents a physical obstacle to longer and wider rail cars. Improved clearance with the replacement truss will eliminate a 317-mile re-route for so-called dimensional loads, which are larger or heavier than typical rail shipments.

The project will replace the current truss with deck plate girders, increasing the horizontal clearance from 13.4 feet to 15 feet, officials said. The change will allow the bridge to accommodate 315,000 railcars going forward.

TRRA looks to award the contract for the work by year’s end, with the two-year build to start in 2020 for completion by 2022, according to Asim Raza, TRRA’s chief legal officer and director of corporate affairs.

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