RICH CAMPBELL TC PALM REPORT: A TRENCH UNDER RAILROAD TRACKS? YOU PAID TO STUDY THIS

Publish Date: 
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 9:30am

The Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization paid consultant Jeffrey Weidner, vice president of Martin Engineering, $80,000 to study if the county should build a crossing on St. Lucie Avenue and a stairwell-and-ramp walkway near Railroad Avenue. However, these two-grade separation crossings would come with a hefty price tag.

The overpass on Indian Street would cost $83.6 million. The underpass on Monterey Road would cost $68.5 million.

This report is not the first. Back in September, Rick Creech of Creech Consulting Inc said that the rail company considered four routes, but had excluded a fifth route that would have diverted the train north-west of the counties.

"It's unrealistic to think an underpass or overpass - or both - can be funded and built at select rail crossings," states Rich Campbell. "Equally preposterous is the hope Brightline will move its trains to the western part of the county."

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Rich Campbell is the Shaping Our Future columnist for Treasure Coast Newspapers. This column reflects his opinion. Contact him at 772-221-4207 or rich.campbell@tcpalm.com. Twitter: @RCampbellmc58