BNSF is moving ahead with plans for Second Rail Bridge over Lake Pend Oreille

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BNSF is moving ahead with plans for Second Rail Bridge over Lake Pend Oreille
Posted by samfp1943 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:49 PM

From time to time TRAINS has posted items referencing the Congestion on the BNSF line at its Lake Pend Oreille crossing on a single bridge.  Received an e-mail request from BNSF regarding a meeting as a step in the process of getting a second parallel bridge, Ok'd and construction started on this lonmg needed project.

Cut & Pasted from the BNSF e-mail release:



RSVP to May 23 Sandpoint Junction Connector Support Event

BNSF's plan to build a second rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille next to the existing bridge needs your support. The project will reduce rail congestion, help move freight traffic more efficiently in both directions across the lake, and improve the flow of freight and passenger trains throughout the region. And best of all for area residents, a train that doesn't have to wait its turn to cross a bridge doesn't occupy as much time in grade crossings - which is good news for motorists! 

On May 23, the Idaho Department of Lands will host a public hearing on the project. You're invited to attend a pre-hearing gathering at 5:00 pm, May 23 at the First Baptist Church in Sandpoint, Idaho, to show your support. Bring the family! Attendees will receive T-shirts, and food and refreshments will be provided.


First Baptist Church, Sandpoint
The Greenhouse
1220 Michigan St.
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

After the gathering, please attend the public hearing at 6:00 pm in the Sandpoint Middle School gym. Your visible support is needed to help this project go through. Thank you for helping keep Sandpoint rolling!

Please RSVP to the gathering here.
[  Based on the above e-mail release, it seems that BNSF is really getting serious about this project, and is beginning to 'smell' its' starting of construction. ]





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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:36 PM

Will the NIMBY's come out of the woodwork?


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Posted by zugmann on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:53 PM

Will the NIMBY's come out of the woodwork?

Not if they want a free Tshirt and refreshments!

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