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|Residents Get Look at East Main Underpass Plans
|Several dozen Galesburg residents and business owners converged on City Hall Tuesday night for what, for many, was their first look at plans for the last of three rail crossing grade separations to be constructed.
A open house-type forum was held at Galesburg City Hall Tuesday night regarding the East Main Street underpass. Plans are for the property acquisition and demolition process to be in its early stages later this year, with construction starting next year, and work to be done by the end of 2015.
Residents had plenty of concerns about the plans -- like Barbara Hall, the assistant manager of Roggenkamp Tire Center in Galesbug. Hall tells WGIL that business likely will have to be relocated, but the end will justify the means.
"I can see that the improvement is needed," Hall said. "Every day we have cars stopped out in front of the store, because we're right there at the railroad tracks. So, they're stopped there, and whether it be summer or winter, I mean, there is a lot of traffic there. I can't run the railroad down, because they're one of our best customers. They do need the improvement."
Hall said she wondered why the East Main underpass wasn't built first, given the train and vehicle traffic in that area every day.
City officials say owing to public safety needs, the plan was to build the overpass along North Seminary Street first. But when plans for that changed, along with some funding changes, it was decided the Don Moffitt Overpass along West Main Street would go first.
(A graphic of the proposed underpass from the City of Galesburg.)
(Residents meet with officials about the plans for the proposed underpass. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|07 09 13 by Newsroom
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