Your Opinion: Railroad praised for tunnel caution
Sunday, April 10, 2011
To Union Pacific railroad:
Thank you very much for your caution and concern relating to the request of the Jefferson City Council to build a tunnel under the railroad in order for people to access Adrian’s Island.
Even though this request by the City Council was voted by a large majority (9-1), there are many residents of this city who are against said proposal. The cost of constructing the tunnel and the restoration of the island have been estimated at close to $2 million. That amount of money could very well be spent on many other important projects, such as building a new high school in this city.
I have lived here all my life, and I cannot understand why we need a tunnel to a piece of land that is probably mosquito-infested, along with other issues. Many people would not be willing to enter a tunnel under the railroad track to see Adrian’s Island.
The City Council members feel this would be a tourism attraction (I’m wondering if they are planning a pay booth at the beginning of the tunnel for participants to gain access to the island, and maybe a concession stand on the island to generate money for the city?)
I greatly appreciate your taking the time to study this request. In no way should this jeopardize the construction of the train tracks. Amtrak is one of our greatest assets and we benefit from its presence here.
As you can tell, I am opposed to the construction of any such tunnel. I understand that a certain amount of money has been donated to the city specifically for this project, however, approximately two-thirds or more of the finances would come from city or state coffers.
I greatly support you in denying this proposal and appreciate your very serious and concerned study of this request.