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New bridge in Norfolk, Nebraska could spur economic development

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NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV/US92) -

Norfolk city officials gathered with officials from Nebraska Central Railroad Thursday to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently completed railroad bridge near Third Street.

A century-old Siouxland landmark has been replaced, and city officials think the move could help with economic development.

The new six-span bridge was completed last month, and replaces a bridge built over 120 years ago.

The bridge crosses a narrow fork of the Elkhorn River, and is fully supported by steel spans, as opposed to the wooden spans on the original bridge.

Railroad officials say the new track will allow for larger loads, which should be a boon for local businesses.

"These rail cars that are handled today (Thursday) are much heavier axle loadings than they were in 1889. It was an economic decision to go ahead and replace the bridge," says Richard Bertel, CEO Rio Grande Pacific Corp.

The new bridge was constructed using recycled pieces of bridges in Texas and Iowa.

City officials have said they're not sure yet what they'll do with the old bridge which stands next to the current one.

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