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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Chamber of Commerce officials say plans to build a bridge in Jefferson City to improve riverfront access are advancing.

The News Tribune (http://j.mp/2e5LDdJ ) reports Union Pacific Railroad has given its approval for a bridge to be built over its tracks to connect Adrian’s Island to the city, and a donor, B.J. DeLong, has pledged $1 million to develop the 30-acre peninsula.

Officials say the nearly $3 million project, called the Veterans Walk to Riverfront Park, will feature a nearly 830-foot bridge that would offer seven overlooks of the Capitol and the riverfront. The span will rise more than 25 feet above the six-track rail yards at its highest point.

More than 70 percent of the project’s funding, about $2.3 million comes from private donations.