A planned railroad transfer yard in St. Paul Park is drawing increasing objections. But the work won’t be halted.
Construction of the BNSF Railway’s 100-acre transfer lot is going to start this spring, despite recent meetings in which people have aired their worries about traffic, congestion and noise.
“I don’t believe there is anything we can do to stop it,” Mayor Sandi Dingle said last week.
Plans for the unloading station in a quiet corner of the city have drawn fire from schools, businesses and neighbors. Officials of Cottage Grove and Grey Cloud Island have spoken out. On Jan. 19, a group of parents joined in, objecting to the plan that would bring 130 trucks a day past their children’s school.
“The increase in air pollution in an area that already has high exposure from a refinery, from rail tracks, from other things — it’s frankly alarming to us as…