Damaged bridge on Cowboy Trail near Norfolk removed
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
A damaged bridge along the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail 3 miles west of Norfolk has been removed, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Flooding of the Elkhorn River last June washed out the bridge and damaged other sections of the trail.
There are plans to replace the iron bridge with a less expensive prefabricated pedestrian bridge. Grant funding is in place from the Recreational Trails Program, Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail Fund and Federal Emergency Management Agency to renovate areas that suffered the most damage. The reconstruction timeline is unknown, but reports on work progress and completion will be made available.
Because of the flood damage, the trail is closed to all users from Norfolk to O’Neill. A 123-mile stretch from O’Neill to Valentine is open.
The Cowboy Trail is the country’s longest rail-to-trail conversion and Nebraska’s first state recreational trail. The old Chicago and Northwestern Railroad right-of-way was accepted as a donation from the Rails to Trails Conservancy in 1994. The trail traces the route the railroad took from northeast Nebraska to South Dakota’s Black Hills.
For more information, contact the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission office at (402) 471-5008.
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