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The NLX Railroad Project is one step closer to becoming a reality

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The proposed Northern Lights Express rail project that would connect the Twin Ports with the Twin Cities, is one step closer to becoming a reality. 


Wednesday, NLX officials held one of many open houses that will be offered throughout the state.

 
The purpose of the meetings is for the community to comment on the three-year-long environmental assessment the NLX committee has been working on.
That assessment focused on the potential impact on wetlands, rivers and waterways and endangered species. 
Officials say their study shows there will be no significant impact. 


The manager of the project says, after the thirty-day feedback review, they're hoping to be right on track.

"When we're finished with this 30 day review period and we finalize the EA, it gets sent to the federal railroad administration, they approve it. Once it's approved (and) all the planning for the project is complete, we are ready to take money for design and construction," said NLX Project Manager, Francis Loetterle.

Officials from the NLX say the project should be shovel ready by June and hopefully finished by 2020.

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