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Santa Fe delays underpass decision

SANTA FE – A planned bicycle-pedestrian underpass near one of the city’s busiest intersections is in jeopardy. The City Council’s Public Works Committee on Monday postponed a decision whether to reallocate $2 million designated for the construction of the River Trail Underpass below St. Francis Drive at West Alameda so a public hearing can be held.

Last week, the council Finance Committee voted 3-0 to deny the proposal amid concerns that the money, from a general obligation bond passed by voters in 2012, wouldn’t be spent the way voters were told. Monday, City Councilor Ron Trujillo, chairman of the Public Works Committee, exercised his discretion to remove the item from the agenda. “I want to give the opportunity to the public to have their say,” he said. The hearing will be held at the next Public Works Committee, on July 28.

Four of the eight city councilors have signed on as sponsors of a resolution that would allow the funds to be reallocated “to bike-pedestrian trails and related safety and infrastructure projects.”