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|Seminary Street Overpass on Hare's Budget Earmark List
|Galesburg's City Manager says he's thrilled with how much help the city could receive from the Fiscal Year 2010 federal budget.
Dane Bragg says he's been pouring through the list of earmarks 17th District Congressman Phil Hare has in the spending plan, and believes the most important of those projects for the city could take a giant step forward.
Nearly $3.5 million dollars is included for the construction of the proposed rail crossing overpass at North Seminary Street. While there are two more overpasses planned for both East and West Main Streets, Bragg tells WGIL there are good reasons why this overpass is getting priority first. "First of all, because of the public safety aspect of it, and second of all, it's furthest along in the design process," Bragg said. "The others are not as far along, so we requested that money, knowing that we can't necessarily build all three of those grade separations at the same time. So we wanted to focus on the one that's most likely to happen at this point."
Bragg says it will soon be time for acquisition of property in order to build the overpass -- he says that should take place in the next 12 months.
The city also asked for nearly two-and-a-half million dollars for the proposed replacement of the Soangetaha Road Bridge. Bragg says that's also a public safety concern because the bridge is in such poor shape now, fire trucks have a difficult time getting across it.
You can find a list of all the projects the city asked for in the federal budget -- around $9 million worth -- online CLICKING HERE (pdf format).
|04 09 09 by Newsroom
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