The debate continues over whether to build a tunnel or a new bridge at the New River crossing in Fort Lauderdale.
“The tunnel may be the best thing since sliced bread, but if we can’t afford to build or maintain it, it doesn’t matter,” Broward County Commissioner Steve Geller said Tuesday.
Right now, trains cross a drawbridge that was build in the 1970s, but Brightline has been using the tracks more frequently which can cause some delays for sailboat and yacht traffic on the river.
Broward’s expansion of commuter rail, which is part of the Premium Mobility Plan, also requires a new crossing.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis has been pushing for a tunnel. He argues it would be more efficient and would preserve the character of a growing downtown.