For 135 years, a Rail Bridge has been connecting Bismarck and Mandan across the Missouri River.
With talk of the bridge coming down, group, Friends of the Rail Bridge formed a steering committee to try and save it.
They received a grant they’ll use to determine the best use of the 1883 Burlington Northern Sante Fe Rail Bridge moving forward.
The committee hopes to figure out whether or not their idea of turning the landmark into a pedestrian and biking facility is possible.
FORB member Mark Zimmerman says, “It’s a part of our community, but more importantly, it’s a part of western expansion. The history of this bridge, that’s what helped settle the whole western part of the United States.”
Once the study is finished, the group will turn over it’s findings to the U.S. Coast Guard. They have the final say when it comes to what actually will happen to the old railroad bridge.