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Railroad crossing improvements set to start Monday in Braidwood

BRAIDWOOD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Friday that as part of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail project, the Main Street crossing over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Braidwood will be closed, weather permitting, starting Monday.

The improvements include installation of four-quadrant gates to prevent vehicles from traveling over the tracks while trains are passing, new signage and pavement markings, and upgrades to pedestrian crossings and sidewalks, according to the news release.

The crossing is set to open, weather permitting, by July 25. A detour will direct traffic to use the Coal City Road crossing, according to the news release.

Eastbound traffic on Main Street – also known as Route 113 – should go north on Route 129, east on Coal City Road, across the tracks, and south on Route 53 to meet back up with Route 113. Westbound traffic on Route 113 should take the reverse route.

Motorists can expect delays, should allow extra time for trips through the area, and should pay attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones.

The upgrades are part of the high-speed rail program to accommodate passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis at speeds up to 110 mph, reducing the length of the trip by one hour. The entire corridor is tentatively scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017, according to IDOT. About 150 crossings along the route will be improved to include additional safety features.

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