MT. VERNON — Union Pacific Railroad will be making grade crossing improvements at several intersections in Jefferson County, beginning Friday.
County Highway Engineer Brandon Simmons reported at Wednesday’s Highway Committee meeting that he was informed of the railroad’s intention through an e-mail late last week.
The railroad will be replacing about 20 miles of cross ties and gravel, Simmons said.
The railroad will be upgrading crossings on its southeast/northwest line from the Perry County line through Scheller, Waltonville and Mt. Vernon, information states.
Simmons estimated the closures at each of the crossings could be up to two days in duration.
Some of the major roads impacted by the closures include: Main Street and Hiron inside the
Waltonville village limits and Hall Lane just outside of Waltonville; Wells Bypass Road; Illinois Highway 148; and Illinois 37 South near Hucks in Mt. Vernon.
Simmons said detour routes should be clearly marked by railroad officials.
Maps of the locations and more information will be available at jeffersoncountyillinois.com/roadclosures as this project continues, Simmons stated.
Simmons also reported construction on the DuBois Road pavement preservation project will begin on June 30. He estimated the work will take about a week to complete.
“It will take about five days to pave and then we’ll have to contract out the striping,” Simmons said. The work will begin at Illinois Highway 148 and continue to Riddle Lane. Signs will be posted during construction, the engineer said.
Simmons said the Goshen Lane Bridge is complete and the Program Lane Bridge is about 75 percent complete. He also reported the Log Cabin Lane Bridge project will start on Aug. 1 and on the same day the Panzier Lane Bridge project will go out for bid.
IN OTHER BUSINESS:
n The monthly fuel bid was awarded to Gateway FS at a price of 3.175 for diesel and 3.067 for gasohol.
n A resolution for improvement of the Academy Road Bridge was approved. The resolution was for engineering services at a cost of $24,000.
n Monthly claims were reviewed and approved.