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City of Dubuque to host public information meeting on potential railroad overpass/bridge projects

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The City of Dubuque Engineering Department is seeking public input on two proposed railroad overpass projects in downtown Dubuque. The projects are under consideration as part of the city's long-range transportation plan.

The public information meeting will take place Wednesday at the Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Avenue from 4-6 p.m. The meeting will run in an "open house" style where planning-level conceptual renders for the proposed projects will be on display and city hall staff will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.

According to a news release, one of the projects being discussed would involve the construction of a vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian overpass/bridge over the railroad tracks that cross 14th Street, Elm Street, and Maple Street. The overpass would begin at Washington Street and end at Cedar Street, providing unimpeded access to Kerper Boulevard Commercial Business Park, the redeveloped 16th Street Corridor, Chaplain Schmitt Island attractions, and U.S. Highway 61/151 and Wisconsin. The estimated cost for the project is $15 million.

The second project to be discussed at the public information session would be a pedestrian and bicycle overpass/bridge beginning on the Bee Branch Creek Trail north of 16th Street, going over the railroad tracks, Canadian Pacific rail yard, and Garfield Street and ending south of Rhomberg Avenue. According to the news release, the Bee Branch Creek Trail is part of the Mississippi River Trail and this bridge would provide an off-street trail/connection between Heritage Trail and the Mississippi River.

The estimated cost for this project is $5 million.

For additional information about the meeting or the projects, contact the City of Dubuque Engineering Department at 563-589-4270.

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