BISMARCK, N.D. — Bismarck residents opposed to demolishing a 134-year-old railroad bridge say BNSF Railway officials should allow them to turn it into a walking and biking trail.

KFGO-TV reports that more than 75 residents are suggesting railway officials transfer ownership of the bridge to a group that can preserve it. The residents pitched the idea during a meeting last week.

BNSF Railway is considering demolishing the bridge to build a new one over the Missouri River in Bismarck. Officials say a new wider deck plate bridge is needed to have more stability.

Information from: KFGO-AM,