Galesburg unveils railroad underpass plan to the public

By Chad Weber

Galesburg unveils railroad underpass plan to the public

July 9, 2013 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 7:10 PM CDT

GALESBURG, Ill. -- Tuesday night the city of Galesburg hosted a public open house to share its plan for a new railroad underpass at the East Main Street Crossing.

That underpass would include retaining walls, and a two-span railroad bridge.

The proposal comes with hopes of improving congestion and eliminating noisy train horns in the area.

City Engineer Wayne Carl said the purpose of the meeting was to get public's input.

"The idea is to meet with the property owners and all the community to offer their thoughts on the design of the underpass as well as the property impacts," said Carl. "Meaning things that we can change in the design to help those businesses that are along the corridor."

The roughly $17 million dollar project is state funded under the Illinois Jobs Now program.

Final design plans are expected by this September, with construction beginning a year later.