Normal City Council to vote on overpass

By Tyler Eddy

June 16, 2014 Updated Jun 16, 2014 at 10:47 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- The Normal Town Council voted tonight to approve construction on an overpass that would improve pedestrian safety.

The bridge would be constructed over the railroad tracks between the old station and the new Uptown Station.

It is to help passengers when high speed rail comes through.

The project is estimated to cost of $7 million - with most of it being paid for through a grant.

"The tracks are going to double track. The area to cross is quite a bit wider than it used to be and the fact that you'll have two active tracks with traffic going different directions obviously -- it's just a lot safer and more convenient," says Mayor Chris Koos.

Completion of the project is expected to take around ten months.