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Bicycle tunnel is shaping up as another extravagant expense

By CAROLYN HOLLOWELL Brookport, Ill.

EDITOR:

I and many others are asking themselves what prompted the city of Paducah to spend almost $400,000 to tear up a good road (Hwy. 45/North 8th Street) and the levee for the Greenway Trail, which is a bicycle path. There are several reasons people wonder if this is really necessary or is a waste of money.

1. Building the tunnel will interfere with the stability of the levee. Did we all forget the floods just three years ago? The tunnel will require pumps to operate. How much money will be spent maintaining these pumps? Will this not compromise the integrity of the floodwall?

2. I am a citizen of Brookport who travels to Paducah daily to shop for food, gas, doctor appointments, etc. Others who work in Paducah and southern Ilinois will be subjected to month-long detours while the road is shut down for construction.

3. The Greenway Trail also crosses Old Cairo Road and the crossing is managed by street signs and markings. Could not a crossing have been created farther down near the intersection on 8th Street?

4. Have the citizens of Paducah gotten accustomed to the huge outlays of money for these poorly planned projects, such as millions of dollars of rock dumped in the river for a man-made landing (what is wrong with  all the natural landings in the area they could have used) and discovering that they will need to build a new city hall (the old one is only 50 years old)?

I guess normal citizens are not educated enough to understand why all this money must be spent. When we ride our bicycles we just stop and wait for the road to clear.

CAROLYN HOLLOWELL

Brookport, Ill.

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