City has ribbon cutting for new railroad overpass

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Typically, the roaring blast of a train’s horn is met groans and sighs by everyone near State Road 46 and State Road 11 on Columbus’ west side.

But when a particularly deafening horn sounded off Wednesday afternoon, just seconds before the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new railroad overpass, it invoked a different reaction.

“I’m sure that sound used to strike some fear into folks, especially those who came in from the west side out of town, but hopefully today, you just shook your head and chuckled, because we don’t have to worry about that anymore,” said city finance director Jamie Brinegar.

The City of Columbus held the ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Officials from both the local and state government were present, as well as individuals from the various entities involved in the project.

Some of these leaders stepped up to the mic to thank those involved and celebrate the project’s speedy completion.

“This project proves that at a government state and local level, cooperation and collaboration exists, and the result is meaningful improvement in the lives of our citizens,” said Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.