At today’s joint meeting of the Port Commission and City Council, Bellingham Public Works Director Ted Carlson said plans for a new Cornwall Avenue railroad bridge are on indefinite hold because of the $40 million cost involved in both relocating the rail line and building the new street overpass.
Carlson also mentioned that the city had long assumed that the bridge would have to be built to accommodate a double track. But recently, he said, railroad officials have expressed a preference for three tracks through the area, which would add to the cost of the bridge.
Three tracks? I wonder what that could be about. I hope nobody will indulge in speculation here.
By the way, you can check out the full port-city staff Powerpoint on the latest waterfront planning ideas here.