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Katy Trail railroad bridge opens in Boonville

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday morning in Boonville to celebrate the first phase of the Katy Trail railroad bridge restoration project.

Governor Jay Nixon assisted with the ribbon cutting and spoke at the event.

The restoration project includes adding handrails and lighting to the trail, as well as a new span over the existing railroad tracks and concrete floor.

In 2005, the bridge was at risk of being taken down and removed.

“It’s a link not only between these two counties, but between the future and the past,” said Gov. Nixon. “We’re extremely excited to see yet another positive investment in the Katy Trail.”

The other phases of restoration will eventually connect the bridge to the existing Katy Trail in Howard County.

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