Springfield Gets Funds for Rail Relocation Project

The Illinois Commerce Commission has awarded $33 million to Springfield, Illinois, to construct underpasses as part of a railroad grade separation project.

]The project seeks to move trains, including those used by Amtrak, from Third Street to another rail corridor further east along 10th Street.

The funding will be divided into thirds for underpasses at Madison Street, Jefferson Street and North Grand Avenue.

The funding is being provided by the Commerce Commissioon’s Crossing Safety Improvements budget.

The Third street rail corridor is owned by Union Pacific but previously was part of the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio.

City officials say when the project is completed rail crossing accidents are expected to fall by 80 percent and vehicle delays at crossings by 70 percent.

The city also plans to implement a quiet zone along Third Street. Moving traffic now using UP tracks is not expected to occur until 2025.

Amtrak serves Springfield with its Chicago-St. Louis Lincoln Corridor trains and the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle.

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