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December 6, 2013
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Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss High Speed Rail in Springfield

IDOT to Provide Update on 3rd Street Rail Improvements

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host a public meeting from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10th at the Springfield Hilton, located at 700 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701. The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the Springfield 3rd Street rail improvements, which will be developed as part of the Illinois Chicago to St. Louis High-Speed Rail (HSR) Program.

The meeting will be held in an open house format with a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will provide residents and business owners in the area an opportunity to better understand the overall HSR Program and how that relates to the 3rd Street improvements.

“The 3rd Street improvements are an integral component of the High-Speed Rail Program and will help improve travel within the existing corridor, provide additional safety measures and an opportunity to meet the eligibility requirements for a Quiet Zone on this corridor through the City of Springfield,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L Schneider. “These improvements will make 3rd Street safer during the interim period until 10th Street is fully built.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation is partnering with the City of Springfield to accomplish these projects. The improvements on 3rd Street include new grade crossing approaches, crossing safety devices, fencing, and bridge upgrades. Some grade crossings will be considered for closure. For closures that can be agreed, the City of Springfield would share in the savings in avoided construction costs and use the funds towards work on the 10th Street corridor. The improvements will enhance overall safety in the corridor and allow for maximum speeds to increase from 25 mph to 40 mph within the City of Springfield. The ultimate goal is to consolidate freight and passenger rail traffic on the 10th Street corridor.

The 3rd Street improvements are funded by grants received through an award from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The improvements were approved by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) after the environmental documentation was completed in 2004.

For specific high speed rail information and business opportunities, visit the website, www.idothsr.org. Call 1-855-IDOT-HSR (436-8477) with comments or questions. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IllinoisHighSpeedRail.
 

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