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NWP and Napa Valley news
Saturday 8 Aug 2009, 08:05
Filed under: bicycle, Marin, Napa Valley, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, trails, transit

MIJ: Cal Park Hill Tunnel opening will be delayed about six months

Planners hoped to open the old railroad tunnel and its adjacent approaches by the end of this year, or just after the New Year. While the tunnel is expected to be done by then, work on its north and south approaches will likely not be finished until next summer, officials said.

Until the approaches to the tunnel are finished, it can’t be used.

“There was a delay in easement acquisitions and encroachment permits from Caltrans,” said Craig Tackaberry, a county public works official helping oversee the project.

Part of the approach includes a mile of pathway to Andersen Drive in San Rafael that will be improved for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The $25.1 million project – split between state and county funds – also needs $800,000 in additional unanticipated work, primarily to help fill the gaps between the steel supports and the tunnel’s rock wall.

NVR: On track with a clean, efficient new locomotive

The American Canyon railroad company recently acquired the first of five “green” locomotives. The engine has the latest technology for fuel efficiency, generates little noise and is about 60 percent less polluting than a conventional locomotive engine.

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