Because of the railroad bridges now at Wichita's core, drivers don't have to think about train traffic, let alone sit and stew while it passes. But it was nice to be reminded of how great the $105 million railroad corridor project has been for Wichita, with news of its inclusion among the nation's 10 best transportation projects by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As the association noted, because two miles of railroad track were raised and five bridges were built, "vehicles can now pass freely below the tracks, improving safety and reducing vehicle emissions, traffic congestion and crashes." Now the rail corridor will vie for the grand prize and a people's choice award, to be presented next month in Biloxi, Miss.
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