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|Money, Jobs & Railroad Overpasses in Galesburg's Future
|A wonderful day for the City of Galesburg, a red letter day for the community and a great opportunity for Galesburg were all phrases officials used to describe more than $30 million coming to the city to construct three proposed grade separations.
17th District Congressman Phil Hare, 74th District State Representative Don Moffitt and Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza met Saturday afternoon to officially announce Galesburg is in line to receive $33.5 million dollars in funding to build railroad overpasses on West Main, East Main and Seminary streets.
Moffitt says the overpass project is one that will help the city move into the future.
"When the Governor signed that capital bill he said, this is jobs. This is Illinois recovery. We've got to get our economy back on track. Good expression to use when talking about the railroad here too. So we are talking about private sector jobs, we're talking about the future of jobs, the economy, and continuing to make Galesburg the premier place for the railroad industry."
Moffit told the gathering that money for the projects is coming out of the $33 billion dollar capital bill signed earlier this month by Governor Pat Quinn.
The Gilson Republican said the crossings will provide construction jobs, quicker emergency response, ease the traffic flow in town, improve the quality of life and pave the way for future expansion at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railyard.
17th District Congressman Phil Hare and 74th District State Representative Don Moffitt hear from Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza about the importance of the overpass project Saturday at the Galesburg Welcome Center
17th District Congressman Phil Hare congratulates 74th District Representative Don Moffitt and Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza on securing more than $30 million dollars for railroad overpasses to be built
(WGIL news photos and and story by Dominic Fortini)
|07 18 09 by Newsroom
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