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Initial Plans Submitted for Carpenter Rail Underpass
Initial Plans Submitted for Carpenter Rail Underpass

A rail underpass on Carpenter Street in Springfield took another step forward Thursday as Hanson Professional Services submitted initial plans.

Project manager Jim Moll says allowing traffic to avoid trains on Carpenter between 9th and 11th streets is part of a larger plan, and this is an easy place to start.

“It’s an affordable project,” Moll says. “There are a limited number of property owners who would be affected, in fact the city owns all the land on the east side of the tracks along Carpenter St., which made the land acquisition process simpler.”

The entire Carpenter Street project is expected to cost $21.4 million. A federal grant made $14.4 million available, and Moll says more has been requested from the Illinois Commerce Commission. Until it’s known how much is available there, it’s difficult to say how much the city’s on the hook for. Moll expects bid letting in June.