Friday, December 10, 2010

Normal Tracks Crossing Dilemma

With the building of the new multimodel transportation center comes the dilemma of how to get pedestrians from one side of the railroad tracks to the other: tunnel or overhead walkway? The Normal Town Council has authorized a study of the issue. There are other places that have also faced this dilemma. Laramie, Wyoming, for example, has an impressive walkway over a major set of tracks. I don't think Normal needs a walkway quite that large! Mayor Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas, has proposed building a tunnel containing shops and restaurants to connect one part of the city to another, under some tracks. Well, Normal's walkway, if underground, won't be long enough for any businesses to locate there. Safety would be more important than retail opportunities, I'm sure. It will be interesting to see what the designers come up with.

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