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 …”Read More