The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided not to extend the public comment period for the Katy Railroad Bridge in Boonville.
The extension request was submitted Sept. 17 by Attorney General Jay Nixon in a letter to the corps. He had requested a 60-day extension to allow the public more time to voice their opinions.
Eric Cramer, spokesman for the corps, said the public comment period had been previously extended nine days from the original expiration date of Sept. 8.
The bridge, which crosses the Missouri River, is slated to be taken down as early as November.
Scott Holste, spokesman for the attorney general, said his office will keep communication open with people interested in saving the bridge.
One idea for saving the bridge, which was proposed by Mayor Darwin Hindman, was to make the bridge part of the Katy Trail State Park. But Sue Holst of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said the state doesn’t have the financial resources to take on the project.
“We recognize it is a historical structure,” Holst said. “If the community could find a way to keep it, we would support that, but the DNR can’t take on that responsibility.”