Flood-damaged Neb. bridge may be repaired soon

A railroad bridge that collapsed outside Norfolk under pressure from the flooded Elkhorn River, killing a man, could be repaired by early August.

State Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk said Friday that railroad officials recently told him rail service could be restored by Aug. 7. Flood called that timetable remarkable, because some people expected it might take a year or more.

The bridge is part of the only rail link to town and serves several large industries that employ many people. It is owned by Union Pacific and leased to Nebraska Central Railroad.

Thirty-eight-year-old railroad worker Jeff Scholl died when the bridge fell June 15. Two other workers on the bridge survived.