Katy Bridge at Boonville gets support from KCStar

An editorial in today's Kansas City Star supports the idea of saving the old Katy railroad bridge at Boonville for use as a bike/ped crossing and part of the Katy Trail:

On the historic bridge deck, the view of the Missouri River near Boonville is spectacular. Hikers and bicyclists would find the Katy Trail even more enjoyable if this bridge could be added to the route.

Unfortunately, a recent state decision that allows the Union Pacific Railroad to tear down the bridge could kill that opportunity.

Now trail users must cross the river on the U.S. 40 bridge near Boonville, where car and truck traffic and exhaust make the experience unpleasant.

Opening the 73-year-old former MK&T; Railroad bridge to foot and bicycle traffic would enhance tourism — one of the state's major industries. Like the 243-foot stone tunnel open to trail users at Rocheport, the old bridge would offer a special treat. . . .

The Katy Trail is known nationwide. Keeping the old bridge at Boonville and lengthening the trail west to Kansas City are good ways to improve one of Missouri's best-regarded assets.