Dylan Thomas

Park Board votes to study Southwest light rail tunnel

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A divided Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted Wednesday to spend up to $500,000 studying a tunnel beneath the Kenilworth Channel to carry light rail trains.

The Metropolitan Council planners leading the nearly $1.7 billion Southwest Light Rail Transit Project had previously discarded that option in favor of a bridge over the channel. The resolution, passed on a 7–2 vote, states the bridge "will fundamentally and permanently affect and change park, recreation areas, and historic property" near the channel, which connects Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles.

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