Union Pacific Intermodal Bridge

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Union Pacific Intermodal Bridge


Missouri Pacific Bridge in foreground, Union Pacific Intermodal Bridge in background
Coordinates 39°05′52″N94°36′44″W / 39.0979°N 94.6121°W / 39.0979; -94.6121 Coordinates: 39°05′52″N94°36′44″W / 39.0979°N 94.6121°W / 39.0979; -94.6121
Carries 1 track of Union Pacific Railroad
Crosses Kansas River
Locale Kansas City, Missouri
Official name UPRR Kansas River Bridge 3
Maintained by Union Pacific Railroad
Design 4 span Thru-Truss with screw jack lift system
Opened 1911

The Union Pacific Intermodal Bridge is a rail crossing of the Kansas River in Kansas City, Missouri. It was built in 1911, as a four span thru-truss on the UPRR railroad. It has a screw jack lift system to allow it to be raised to avoid flood waters. It gets its "Intermodal" part of its name because it connects to the Union Pacific Intermodal yard about 500 feet to the west.

Kansas River river in northeastern Kansas, United States

The Kansas River, also known as the Kaw, is a river in northeastern Kansas in the United States. It is the southwestern-most part of the Missouri River drainage, which is in turn the northwestern-most portion of the extensive Mississippi River drainage. Its two names both come from the Kanza (Kaw) people who once inhabited the area; Kansas was one of the anglicizations of the French transcription Cansez of the original kką:ze. The city of Kansas City, Missouri, was named for the river, as was later the state of Kansas.

Kansas City, Missouri City in western Missouri

Kansas City is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had an estimated population of 488,943 in 2017, making it the 37th most-populous city in the United States. It is the central city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the Kansas–Missouri state line. Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west. On June 1, 1850 the town of Kansas was incorporated; shortly after came the establishment of the Kansas Territory. Confusion between the two ensued and the name Kansas City was assigned to distinguish them soon after.

It is the sister bridge to the Missouri Pacific Bridge

Missouri Pacific Bridge bridge in United States of America

The Missouri Pacific Railroad bridge was built in 1909, by the MoPac. In 1984 it was merged with Union Pacific in the Missouri Pacific-Union Pacific merger. The bridge is upstream of I-670, over the Kansas River. It is open to traffic.

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