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|Residents Have Their Say on Overpass Project
|Residents had their chance to speak out Tuesday on the second of three rail crossing grade separations to be built in Galesburg.
A public hearing was held at City Hall Tuesday on the proposed Seminary Street overpass project. Unlike the West and East Main Street grade separations, this overpass curves through part of Kellogg Street, a compromise of sorts the city says it made in design in order not to adversely affect the Seminary Street historic district.
Resident and business owner Jay Bullis is in favor of how the overpass will be built, and tells WGIL it will be good for public safety.
"I have an apartment building up on North Prairie Street, so closing the streets will create more traffic on Prairie Street, which I don't mind," he said. "And I think it will slow down the traffic within the neighborhoods-- North Street somehow we have cross traffic that goes too fast, or on Kellogg Street that goes to fast.
"So not only will we have good quiet zones, we'll also have quieter neighborhoods."
Bullis says, though, we won't know how well the overpass will work until it's actually built, which will take place after the West Main overpass is done.
Some residents say they feel the overpass should go straight down Seminary, with some suggesting it would be good for the blighted properties that would have to be taken out that way.
(Residents listen to a presentation on home purchases and relocation during Tuesday's public hearing on the Kellogg/Seminary Overpass project. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|04 18 12 by Newsroom
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