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|Hearing on Proposed Galesburg Railroad Overpass; Download Audio Here
|Plans are moving forward for the first of three proposed railroad overpasses in Galesburg -- one that city engineers say required a change.
A public hearing was held Thursday night on the overpass proposed for North Seminary Street. City Engineer Wayne Carl says there is a change in alignment for the overpass, moving it one-hundred-feet south of its current location, information on which you can find by CLICKING HERE.
Carl says despite the changes, the goal remains the same. "We were needing a good north-south rail corridor through town that the ambulances can take to go to the south side of town without being bottle-necked at that (South Seminary Street) subway," Carl said.
A number of road closures would happen with the proposed overpass, including possibly the area near South and Seminary Streets. That led to a bit of opposition from local businessman Dick Lindstrom. "It appears to me that the South Seminary/South Street intersection is wagging the dog here," Lindstrom said.
Lindstrom and others were also concerned about the potential impact of businesses along that portion of Seminary Street, and how some passing motorists may never stop to see them. Others shared concerns ranging from the potential of purchasing some residents in order to get the overpass built, to the size of Kellogg street, where some of the Seminary Street traffic would be re-routed, versus the size of Seminary.
The change in plans is causing delays of up to a year in the phases of the project, with final construction, if approved, not to be completed until possibly 2013.
You can hear audio of Thursday night's meeting online by CLICKING HERE (over one hour long, mp3 format).
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