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$12M in Bridge Upgrades and $800M in Kansas River Levee Improvements Spur Renaissance

February 21, 2023

Via: ENR

Construction begins in March to turn the Rock Island Bridge, a Kansas River railroad span, into a route to fun.

Built in 1905 to transport millions of cattle to the Kansas City Stockyards, this project will renovate the bridge into a party place with restaurants, bars that feature railroad ties as footstools, a walking and running trailhead, and a second-story enclosure for events like weddings.

The original bridge had two trusses each spanning 302 ft. In 1912, a third span was added. The additional span was required after the east bank of the river was reconfigured to reduce the likelihood of flooding. In all, the bridge spans 702 ft.

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