Construction has begun on new underpasses at Madison and Jefferson Streets as part of the Springfield Rail Improvements Project. The project aims to separate railroad tracks from regular vehicle traffic, reduce congestion, enhance safety, cut down on emergency response times, and improve local quality of life. The underpass project is expected to cost $68.3 million and will be funded by federal, state, and local contributions.
"Rebuild Illinois is delivering transformational projects up and down the state that are making communities even more attractive places to live and work while creating economic opportunity for future generations," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. "These underpasses will improve safety and mobility in the capital city, meaning easier and faster trips so you can spend more time with your families."
The underpasses will create a set of double tracks for the existing Norfolk Southern Railroad, as well as the proposed Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak lines. During construction, Madison and Jefferson Streets will be closed for an estimated 14 months and a detour will be posted. The project involves lowering Madison and Jefferson Streets and building new railroad bridges.
"The Springfield rail consolidation project is a vital project for both freight and passenger rail in Illinois," said Tim Butler, President of the Illinois Railroad Association. "This community-led effort is a national example of working with our private railroads, all levels of government, and local citizens to create a safer and more efficient rail system."
The Springfield Rail Improvements Project is a collaborative effort of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Sangamon County, and the cCty of Springfield. Its goal is to streamline railroad operations, reduce the impact of train traffic on the surrounding community, and relocate all passenger and freight traffic from the Third Street corridor to Tenth Street.