Oklahoma City and Union Pacific Railroad in dispute over downtown bridge

Tuesday, September 6th 2005, 11:26 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A dispute between Oklahoma City and Union Pacific Railroad could delay completion of a bridge near Bricktown.

A major entry to the revitalized downtown area, the Walnut Avenue bridge was closed in August 2004 because it no longer was safe.

Repair work by Allen Contracting started in March after the firm won a $4.2 million contract from the city for renovations.

City Engineer Paul Brum said work could be delayed because the city wants Union Pacific to pay for part of the repairs and the two sides haven't reached an agreement on the cost split.

The city and railroad are also at odds over the design of the bridge, and the railroad has refused to grant the city permission to build over the tracks.