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High waters delay bridge rehabilitation on Katy Trail

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | 5:29 p.m. CDT; updated 9:07 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ROCHEPORT — Rehabilitation of a bridge on the Katy Trail in Rocheport has been delayed because of high waters.

The pony plate girder railroad bridge crosses Moniteau Creek and is next to the old railroad tunnel near the depot.

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High waters have delayed the original Sept. 7 start date, and construction will begin once the waters recede. The completion is still set for Dec. 1 but will be evaluated based on when the water levels go down.

Dion Knipp, a transportation planning specialist for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said the substructure of the wooden deck will be replaced; he called it "deficient."

Money for the $487,340 project is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Knipp said.

A detour will be marked to show pedestrians and bicyclists how to bypass the construction.

Knipp said the bridge rehab is not part of a larger project. But, he said, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which manages the 225-mile Katy Trail, has identified another bridge on the trail in the St. Louis area that will have rehabilitation work done as well.


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