Washout: Iowa railroads could take months to repair

06/27/2008 | Engineering News-Record

Iowa's railroads have sustained massive flood damage, causing huge delays as shipments are rerouted around submerged tracks and collapsed bridges. The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway Co. lost an 800-foot bridge that collapsed when the Cedar River reached 19 feet above flood stage, and the crucial east-west line operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway remained closed this week. Officials say cleanup and reconstruction could last up to eight months for segments of the rail infrastructure.

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