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Mayor discusses potential second railroad track through city

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - This week, citizens will voice their opinion on a potential second railroad track through the city of La Crosse.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is in the process of applying for permits for nearly four mile rail expansion.

Mayor Tim Kabat said it will stretch from Central High School, through the marsh, past the BNSF yard, toward Logan High School.

Many residents have expressed concern about the safety of sending oil via train, according to Kabat. They've also mentioned speed limits, quiet zones and potential decreases in property values.

The railroad track would run through Forest Hill Golf Course, and Kabat said the city would not be able to keep business as is.

"With the two trains and the traffic, it's going to make our golf operations nearly impossible to happen," Kabat said. "So we're looking at what kind of changes do we need to make to keep the golf course viable."

Adding a second railroad track would cost the city at least $1 million for all the changes they'd have to make, according to Kabat. Some of that work is training emergency teams how to respond to a potential oil spill.

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