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Old 09-03-2010, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Cove, Monterey, TN
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Plans to build a hiking and biking trail from Cookeville to Monterey have hit another major snag -- one that could end up costing the project $1.5 million to correct. See the complete story at the link below.

Herald Citizen - Rail Trail project hits another major snag
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Old 09-04-2010, 07:40 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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How long is this trail?
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:32 AM
 
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How long is this trail?
The answer is found in the above article:

"...a planned 19-mile hiking, biking and multi-use path that will run along refurbished railroad tracks from Cookeville to Monterey..."
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:32 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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The answer is found in the above article:

"...a planned 19-mile hiking, biking and multi-use path that will run along refurbished railroad tracks from Cookeville to Monterey..."
Silly me , for just skimming the article. At this point i would just drop the plan , if its going to cost that high for a rail trail. I can understand for upgrading 19 miles of Rail , but for a Rail Trail thats absurd.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:49 AM
 
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Silly me , for just skimming the article. At this point i would just drop the plan , if its going to cost that high for a rail trail. I can understand for upgrading 19 miles of Rail , but for a Rail Trail thats absurd.
You're right, that does seem like an absurdly big price to pay. I guess I don't understand why the railroad isn't supposed to help pay for it. If I had a few million dollars I'd pay for it myself, I really want this project to work. But I just can't see the local governments paying that much for a walking/biking trail. It makes me sad.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:49 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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You're right, that does seem like an absurdly big price to pay. I guess I don't understand why the railroad isn't supposed to help pay for it. If I had a few million dollars I'd pay for it myself, I really want this project to work. But I just can't see the local governments paying that much for a walking/biking trail. It makes me sad.
Does TDOT own the line or does another company own it?
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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Does TDOT own the line or does another company own it?
It's NERR, Nashville & Eastern Railroad. They're a short line, I think they've got less than 150 miles of track.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Cookeville,TN
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It's NERR, Nashville & Eastern Railroad. They're a short line, I think they've got less than 150 miles of track.
Yes, 133 miles.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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I had my doubts from the very beginning. The only ones who have benefited from this project thus far is the sand company. If it is going to cost that much just to revamp rr crossings, I cant imagine what the bill will be to actually build the trail from Algood up the mountain to Monterey. The terrain is rough and there is going to be a lot of ill will when eminent domain land grabbing starts. Many folks are already not happy about the rail coming back. But it will be nice if they ever get it completed. Im starting to think Ill be too old to enjoy it by then.
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:33 PM
 
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And this is in today's Herald-Citizen. I can understand this man's frustrations.

Herald Citizen - Frustrated citizen starts account for trail project
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