ANY QUESTIONS: What's going on with the Boonville bridge?

Monday, November 4, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:10 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 13, 2014
This undated file photo shows the Boonville railroad bridge, which the city hopes will be used for pedestrian use as part of the Katy Trail. It links Cooper and Howard counties, crossing the Missouri River at Boonville.

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Recently, Missourian reader Joe Dillard asked us about the historic Boonville Bridge. There was coverage in early 2013 about changing ownership and what the city envisioned for the bridge, but then the stories stopped.

Irl Tessendorf, Boonville city administrator, talked about what was happening with the bridge now and what’s to come. 

Tessendorf said that while construction has yet to start on the Boonville bridge, the city is well into planning Phase I of converting the bridge from a historic railway into a pedestrian trail.

There are three main objectives in Phase I:

  1. Replacing part of the bridge over the active rail line
  2. Performing minor construction to align the trail with the new bridge
  3. Altering the south end of the bridge for pedestrian access

Phase I will cost about $800,000, and the city of Boonville has everything except the remaining $100,000, which it is fundraising for.

Boonville has raised part of the money with Missouri income tax credits. These allow a 50 percent tax credit to any businesses or individuals who donate through a program administered by the Missouri Development Finance Board.

Tessendorf hopes construction will begin in 2014.

Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.

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