The Wood River City Council is getting ready to approve a construction management agreement so it can proceed with a massive project and maintain funding through the state and federal government. The City closed a railroad crossing about a year ago to make way for high speed rail. The crossing at Evans Avenue in the city's "Little Italy" neighborhood south of Illinois Route 143 actually crosses six railroad tracks, and work has been going on at the site to get it ready for the upgrade that will be coming soon.
Public Services Director Steve Palen:
The council will actually vote on it in two weeks. With the approval, Palen says the city is in line for $450,000 in funding. He says state crews have been pulling up pavement between the tracks, and signal modifications will be coming soon. These new funds are to create a couple of new cul-de-sacs on both ends and to install sidewalks in the area.