Railroad Impact Study to be discussed Monday night

The Columbus Redevelopment Commission will be updated on the ongoing railroad impact study by American Structurepoint at its next meeting, set for Monday evening at City Hall.

The city has commissioned this study as a result of an expected increase in train-traffic through the city, beginning next year. Not only will the number of trains coming through Columbus each day nearly triple, but the length of the trains will extend by nearly 50-percent. If nothing is done, city officials say there can be substantial traffic delays almost every hour of every day, especially on State Road 46 entering Columbus.

The city was made aware of these upcoming changes in the last few years. When Mayor Jim Lienhoop was sworn in in January, he made coming up with a plan to diminish the effects on the increased train-traffic effects on residents a priority.

Monday night’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and you are encouraged to take part.