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|Garza Likes Overpass Progress, But Concerned About State Funding
|Galesburg's top elected official likes the progress of one of three proposed rail crossing overpasses in town, but even he has concerns about how successful financing the project will be.
The City held a public hearing Wednesday on the proposed ten million dollar overpass planned for the West Main Street crossing. Construction could start a year from now if property acquisition is successful, and assuming the state legislature passes a capital infrastructure bill, which is where the money would come from.
Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza attended the hearing and asked a number of questions himself about the plans. Garza tells WGIL, however, he's not holding his breath on that capital bill. "The concern is that we receive the full consideration for this project," Garza said. "If it's just partial consideration, I would hate to start this project and not be able to finish it because of not being able to secure the rest of the monies."
Garza says if only partial funding ends up being available, the city council then will have to determine if any of the other overpasses can be supported, or if the money will have to be rejected.
City Engineer Wayne Carl says, however, he's heard that the capital bill still has a chance of passing, and with it, all of the money the state has committed to the project.
The West Main overpass could be open in 2012, with construction on the other two proposed overpasses at East Main and North Seminary Streets coming after that.
(City Engineer Wayne Carl, left, and Mayor Sal Garza, right, look at plans for the proposed West Main Street overpass Wednesday. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|06 25 09 by Newsroom
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