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BNSF Sandpoint project chugging right along

October 7, 2021

The Sandpoint Junction Connector bridge project is chugging along right on or ahead of schedule. To meet the growing needs of the communities Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad serves, BNSF is building a second rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille adjacent to the existing rail bridge. BNSF is also building new bridges over Sand Creek and Bridge Street in Sandpoint.

As of September 3, all but three piers have been installed for the Lake Pend Oreille bridge, as well as eight spans of girders. Contractors are currently working on the superstructure of the bridge. Progress continues on the installation of the Sand Creek bridge and will continue into the winter months as the lake level draw down continues. The railroad bridge at Bridge Street is substantially complete.

This project will enhance the movement of freight in the region, reducing congestion and benefiting commerce. Trains running in both directions across the bridges will reduce the need for engineers to slow down or stop as they wait for clearance to cross and drivers could see shorter wait times on nearby roads and streets that cross BNSF tracks.

The Army Corps of Engineers has begun their annual drawdown to bring the lake level down to fall elevation targets. BNSF reminds boaters to be aware, slow down and use caution when operating watercraft near the construction site.

Learn more about the Sandpoint Junction Connector bridge project and sign up for project updates at

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