IDOT Hosts Public Meeting on High-Speed
Rail Improvements between Lincoln and Auburn July 22 in Lincoln
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[July 16, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department
of Transportation (IDOT) will host a public meeting Tuesday, July
22, 2014, regarding improvements between Lincoln and Auburn as part
of the Illinois High-Speed Rail (HSR) Program. The meeting will take
place between 4 and 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 217 Limit
St., in Lincoln.
The open-house format will allow the public the opportunity to
view project exhibits, provide comments and meet one-on-one with HSR
team representatives. The public is encouraged to attend at any time
during the event.
Work associated with the Lincoln-to-Auburn portion of the corridor
includes the construction or reconstruction of sidings at Athol,
Ridgley, Auburn and Elkhart. Sidings are secondary and alternate
tracks that provide passing opportunities for trains moving in the
opposite direction, as well as slower-moving, same-direction trains.
The project also consists of at-grade crossing upgrades, signal
updates, new turnouts and related work.
The Illinois HSR Program involves improving existing Amtrak service
between Chicago and St. Louis, with the upgrades allowing trains to
travel at speeds up to 110 mph. Portions of the corridor will be
completed by the end of 2015, with the entire program completed in
2017, reducing the travel time between the two cities to 41/2 hours.
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Comments and questions also can be made by calling (855)
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