Railroad Invites Vicksburg Mayor to Kansas City

VICKSBURG, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Kansas City Southern Railroad has reached out to Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs to discuss the old Mississippi River Bridge. The Mayor told the Vicksburg post newspaper that the letter extended an invitation to him and representatives from the Friends of the Old Mississippi River Bridge and other organizations to meet either at the railroad’s headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri or hold a conference call to discuss the bridge. Flaggs, the city, and local groups want to see the unused side of the bridge deck open year round for pedestrians and cyclists. The railroad has repeatedly has opposed the opening of the bridge expressing safety and security concerns. Adding screening to meet those concerns could cost in excess of $10 million dollars.



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