COLUMBIA — The rail bridge over U.S. 63 between Route B and Brown Station Road had its first use today. A train with 12 cars of coal traveled over it. Staff members of Columbia Terminal Railroad (COLT) loaded the cars in Centralia this morning.
The Columbia City Council approved funding for the bridge in late 2008.
The intersection has been the site of 26 accidents since 1997, according to the state Transportation Department. A study by the department in 2008 found that the past configuration of the intersection presented a high level of risk to motorists.