City Moving Forward with Completion of First Railroad Project
Road repairs and congestion alleviated.
The first railroad project that is part of the overall Terre Haute Urbanized Area Railroad Corridor improvement plan is in its final stage of completion. Mayor Duke Bennett announced that removal of the railroad tracks on the old “Graham Grain Line” between Helen Avenue and Springhill Road is taking place this week. Last year, Indiana Railroad completed a project to incorporate the railroad traffic that previously used this section of track into its upgraded Helen Avenue track. That change now allows for the permanent removal of railroad crossings from six (6) streets in the city and two (2) streets in the county.
“This is the type of logical, well-planned project that can only take place when great partnerships are formed. In this case, the City of Terre Haute, the Vigo County Commissioners, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Indiana Railroad, CSX and the Federal Railroad Administration all played an important part in making this project possible,” said Bennett. The overall project cost of approximately $5 million dollars was shared by the city, county and both railroad companies.
Local government officials, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the railroads continue to work together on development of a long term plan to identify and advance additional projects that will help reduce congestion and improve safety. More information about this planning effort is available at www.terrehauterailstudy.com