Union Pacific begins work on Trinity River crossing in Liberty

A westbound train approaches the bridge crossing the Trinity River in Liberty. Next to the bridge is a crane that Union Pacific crews will use to replace two spans that cross the river.

Work is underway on the Trinity River railroad bridge in Liberty. The work is part of previously scheduled maintenance and infrastructure improvements to replace two spans that cross the river.

The project is expected to last throughout 2021, said Union Pacific spokesperson Elizabeth Graham, adding that train traffic will continue to flow through the area.

“We do not anticipate that it will cause any delays to the public,” Graham said.

Union Pacific is gearing up for work on the trestle bridge that crosses the Trinity River in Liberty.

The 523-foot bridge links rail traffic from the Port of Beaumont to Houston. In 2016, Union Pacific replaced the trestles for the 70-year-old bridge.

The repairs in 2016 were intended to help the bridge withstand the frequent flooding events that occur in Southeast Texas.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


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