A new railroad bridge over the Osage River between St. Louis and Jefferson City is now open for both passenger and freight train use.
The new bridge cost $28 million, with most of the funds coming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo says the project came in under budget and ahead of schedule.
Missouri is part of a group of states forging ahead with plans for high-speed passenger rail.
The group has put out a call for bids for the production of 35 next generation locomotives. The request for proposals released yesterday calls for lighter, cleaner-burning locomotives that can reach speeds of up to 125 miles per hour.