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      Short Dalhart underpass may be remedied

      The infamous underpass in Dalhart is a step closer to getting fixed.

      The bridge is only 13 feet, 7 inches and some rigs have gotten stuck under there.

      Union Pacific owns the bridge and they haven??t had a problem, so at first the idea was to build a bridge over the railroad.

      Tx-DOT paid for a consultant to take a look at the problem and they??ve come up with a plan.

      They??ll go under the underpass but add two feet clearance.

      James Stroud, Dalhart City Manager says, "It??s been such an ordeal dealing with two railroads. You can??t shut them down. You??re talking a million dollar an hour for the railroad."

      The new plan is estimated to cost $6-million, rather than the $20-million it would cost to go over the bridge.

      They say they??ll now go after the funding.

      They??ve been in contact with Senator Kel Seliger??s and Representative John Smithee??s offices.