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UP - 84th Street Overpass

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Union Pacific 84th Street Bridge

Union Pacific 84th Street Bridge

Photo taken by Brad J Williams in December 2009

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Overview
Deck Girder Bridge over 84th Street on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1977 Replacing a narrow arch
Design
Originally built in 1904-1906(according Tim Vana Local Railfan)as a "tunnel" as part of the Lane Cutoff. The tunnel replaced c. 1977 with bridge. The Tunnel was named the "Awful Tunnel" by Omaha residence because it took a major road down to 2 narrow lanes through the tunnel. More info coming soon.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 390.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.22155, -96.04310   (decimal degrees)
41°13'18" N, 96°02'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/747860/4567567 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ralston
Inventory number
BH 43717 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
64,500

Update Log 

  • February 1, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • January 25, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • November 28, 2012: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • December 8, 2009: Updated by Brad J Williams: added more info
  • December 7, 2009: Added by Brad J Williams

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UP 84th Street Overpass
Posted January 19, 2014, by Anonymous

I'm sure the UP passenger train was part of the local Rail Fest. I know somebody at UP in North Platte and they took me on the train with them. The cars are nothing fancy but they are rather nice. The upholstery had little UP logos in it and it just gave you the feel of what it was like in the hey day of railroading. The employees could not justify the cost of operating such a train except UP operates it with the excuse that it is for public safety education.....which it is. If you get on the train you have to listen to a railroad safety lecture while you ride. They actually give some startling statistics on how many people are killed at railroad crossings and next to the tracks. MOST railroad fatalities are not at crossings but people trespassing along the tracks on railroad property. The railroad officially calls those fatalities as trespassers on railroad property who stepped in front of the train...(suicides) A surprising number of them along the rails.

Union Pacific 84th Street Bridge
Posted December 8, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I take it that the train was some sort of a rail fan journey? The last time I saw any UPRR passenger equipment, it was on a siding in a rail museum.