Decatur Viaduct Receives $ 18 Million in Public Funding | Government and politics

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DECATUR – The Illinois Commerce Commission on Thursday approved $ 18 million for a highway viaduct on Norfolk Southern tracks near Brush College Road and other improvements.

The commission authorized the use of $ 12 million from the Grade Crossings Protection Fund and $ 6 million from the Multimodal Transportation Bonds Fund.

The money will help pay for the gates and median gates at the Faries Parkway crossing and the displacement and barrier on Harrison Avenue.

The commission also approved the city’s construction plan.

The projects address ongoing safety issues and arrangements that do not allow flashing signals, gates or bells at either crossing. Since 1990, 21 train-car accidents have been reported at level crossings.

“The absence of barriers allows motorists to attempt to ‘beat the train’ without any physical hindrance and rail operations at these crossings are frequently blocked for significant periods of time,” the commission said in a statement.

The work is part of the $ 62.7 million Brush College Road / Faries Parkway project.

“As a resident of Decatur, I know these crossings extremely well and how dangerous the situation can be for motorists who are frustrated with having to sit and wait long periods to cross due to trains blocking the road. way. This project is a top priority for the ICC, and this funding will go a long way to help the City of Decatur install much-needed protection at these busy crossings with a long history of train-vehicle collisions, ”said Trade Commissioner of Illinois Michael T. Carrigan said in a statement.

The work should be completed at the end of 2025.

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