A very long series of testimonies both in support and against the crossing, but in the end I think the City's testimony and arguments were most effective (no bias in that statement). Anyway, we shall receive a decision within the next 60 days. Keep your fingers crossed and thank you for your support and checking in on the status.
Hats off to City Engineer Pete Daniels and City Attorney Scott Post for their great work yesterday.
Manager of Planning and Zoning
So hopefully we'll find out in the next two months that we will indeed have a trail.
Originally the City wanted to simply run the trail along the north side of the E-W tracks, crossing the double-track mainline in the curve and then crossing the north to west track, all at grade. See Google Maps for a look on what that plan was about:http://maps.google.com/?ll=43.00959,-88 ... 5&t=m&z=17
But the RR was opposed to this. They insisted on a grade separation. A bridge wouldn't work because of the overhead power lines. A tunnel would be extremely expensive, but for a while that was the only option really open to the City. But now the plan is to cross the two mainline tracks and the track to the west (three in total) just to the west of I-894, where the track is still straight. Then the trail would go along the south side of the tracks until just before STH 100, where it would cross back to the north side. Then there would be the always-planned bridge over STH 100 for the trail. Why this plan, with its same number of track crossings (actually it is one more than the original plan), is any better than the original plan is beyond me. It seems to be a lot of misdirection on the bike trail for no reason.