IC Swing Bridge could be removed...

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Sad news about the old Swing Bridge in Omaha...

DOCKET NO. AB-314 (SUB-NO. 7X)
CHICAGO, CENTRAL & PACIFIC RAILROAD
--ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION--
IN POTT A WA TT AMIE COUNTY, IOWA ~
AND DOUGLAS COUNTY, NEBRASKA

http://www.stb.dot.gov/filings/all.nsf/ba7f93537688b8e5852573210004b318/73328be0587ec5fe85257d02005e12f8/$FILE/236225.pdf

Interesting language in the document...

"CC&P has retained the Missouri River Bridge as a strategic asset"

"For several years the U.S. Coast Guard has deemed the Missouri River Bridge a hazard to water navigation and has demanded that CC&P remove it under threat of penalty. "

"Because of the difficulties that CC&P may encounter with the Coast Guard in the event of inaction, CC&P is not considering retention of the Missouri River Bridge Line as a viable alternative to abandorunent and bridge removal"

And an interesting little tid bit from the city of Omaha:
"The City of Omaha Planning Department, however, has expressed concern that the subject abandonment could have an impact on long-term plans to improve connectivity between Downtown Omaha and the Omaha riverfront, and that removal of the bridge may limit future options for non-automobile transit. "
 





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