Possible North Kansas Avenue Bridge Aimed At Saving Lives

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Union Pacific is willing to partner with the city to build a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks near the Topeka Rescue Mission. City officials announced the news Tuesday.

The pedestrian bridge would span the tracks on North Kansas Avenue, north of the mission.

The bridge would be open to bicyclists and walkers and while it would be a visual upgrade, city Planning Director Bill Fiander says it could also save lives.

He said, "There's been a few fatalities this year and Union pacific has talked with the Rescue Mission and NOTO area to look at how to make things safer for pedestrians crossing the tracks."

Fiander says the amount of funding Union Pacific will pay is not final and there is no date set to begin the project.