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Merchants Bridge rehab could double economic impact

Merchants Bridge rehab could double economic impact
March 17, 2017 Yodit Teklu

This story was originally published in St. Louis Business Journal on March 17, 2017.


By Steph Kukuljan| bizjournals.com/stlouis


“A new Merchants Bridge that can handle two modern freight trains at once could create more than $456 million in economic activity over a 20-year period — nearly double the impact today, according to its owner, Terminal Railroad Association(TRRA).

As it stands, the 128-year-old railroad bridge can support only one train at a time, going 5 miles per hour, despite having two tracks. The bridge bears about 32 trains a day, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation report. Together with the nearby MacArthur Bridge, which has 41 trains a day, they represent the highest-volume crossing of all Mississippi River railroad bridges in the country …”

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