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Public meeting set for May 5 in Wilmington on high-speed rail improvements

WILMINGTON – The Illinois Department of Transportation will host a public meeting May 5 on the final environmental report covering the rebuilding of the Union Pacific Railroad’s Kankakee River bridge and other improvements as part of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail program.

The meeting will be an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. at ASIP Local 150, 19800 West South Arsenal Road in Wilmington, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

At the meeting, the public will have the opportunity to view exhibits, meet one-on-one with study team representatives and provide comments.

A brief presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m.

Comments received at the meeting, as well as those received within 30 days after the meeting, will be included in the report submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration for final approval.

Comments can be made by calling 855-436-8477.

The final environmental report covers the construction of a second track on the Union Pacific Railroad from north of East Kankakee River Drive to south of North First Street in Wilmington, as well as the reconstruction of the Kankakee River bridge.

The report can be viewed at the Wilmington Public Library, 201 S. Kankakee St. It also is available online with other information on the high-speed rail effort at www.idothsr.org.

The proposed Wilmington upgrades are part of the overall Illinois High-Speed Rail Program to allow passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis to travel at speeds up to 110 mph.

The corridor is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.

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