BNSF hopes to build a 1,676-foot bridge and rail tracks over the Missouri River, near Plattsmouth and Pacific Junction, Iowa. "This connection is vital to BNSF's coal route from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to the utilities and power plants that use the coal," BNSF explained. "The line also carries intermodal traffic, as well as two Amtrak trains daily between the West Coast and Chicago," the Class I said. The project will need a permit for the Army Corps of Engineers.

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