Agreement approved to protect Elkhorn River railroad bridge

NORFOLK (AP) - A local railroad safety board has approved an agreement for a project to protect a northeast Nebraska railroad bridge that collapsed amid heavy flooding in 2010 from future flooding.  Madison County Railroad Transportation Safety District board approved the agreement Tuesday. The plan calls for $40,000 from the district and $20,000 each from Union Pacific Railroad and Nebraska Central Railroad. Union Pacific owns the Elkhorn River bridge and leases its use to Nebraska Central.  The bridge collapse during heavy flooding in June 2010, killing a railroad worker.  The flooding caused the river to change course, and officials fear the bridge could wash out again in the event of a new flood.  The project would help channel the river and reinforce its riverbanks.