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Uptown Underpass Timing Jeopardizes Federal Funding

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The Town of Normal will likely pass on federal funding in hand to build a railroad track overpass at Uptown Station. Speaking on GLT's Sound Ideas Mayor Chris Koos says talks with the state and Union Pacific Railroad indicate an pass project is now likely. The project to allow pedestrian crossing of high speed rail tracks would take three to five years. This could leave the town holding the bag for the multi-million dollar cost, but Koos says he hopes not. 

Mayor Koos says he believes there is council and staff agreement on an underpass to link the north and south sides of the track with an underpass. And once the Union Pacific and Illinois Department of Transportation issue a formal ok, he says the council would adopt a resolution.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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