Rail hits resistance in Waterloo

Sean Ryan

The Madison-to-Milwaukee high-speed rail line will split Waterloo in half, reducing property values and isolating residential neighborhoods, said a Waterloo alderwoman.

To offset the negatives, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation should spend more money on roads, bridges and aesthetics in Waterloo, said Alderwoman Laura Cotting. She suggested the state spend more than $10 million, a number based on improving five street crossings, building a new pedestrian bridge and adding decorative plantings, though she said it’s impossible to nail down an amount.

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