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Contract awarded for replacing bridge taken down by trains

Jul 02, 2013 -- 10:40am

Southeast Missourian

The Missouri Department of Transportation awarded a contract for an emergency bridge replacement on Route M in Scott County.  The bridge collapsed May 25 after the collision of a Union Pacific train and Burlington Northern Santa Fe train. The $2,319,363 contract was awarded to Goodwin Brothers Construction Co. of Festus, Mo., according to a news release from MoDOT. The project will be completed by Aug. 31, the news release said. MoDOT will notify motorists of any changes in traffic. Preliminary data in a National Transportation Safety Board investigation found the Union Pacific train likely went through a stop signal before colliding with the Burlington Northern train. Seven people were injured, but none seriously. NTSB spokesman Terry Williams said the investigation is ongoing and is expected to take about a year. He said there have been no updates to indicate who, if anyone, was at fault.

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