Lockport officials have been in talks with various local, state and national agencies recently to work toward improving railway safety in the city.
“Lockport has 11 railroad crossings,” Lockport City Administrator Ben Benson said in a news release. “In recent months, the (Canadian National) crossing signals, in particular at Ninth Street just before the Des Plaines high-level bridge, have been experiencing malfunctions more often than usual.”
Although the city does not have jurisdiction to make repairs on local rail lines, it did receive more than $1 million in grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation, meant to go toward safety measures for CN crossings at 13th, Ninth and Eighth streets.
“Lockport, CN, IDOT, (Illinois Commerce Commission) and Metra have all been coordinating recently,” Benson said.
Lockport Mayor Steve Streit met with state Sen. Michael E. Hastings, D-Tinley Park, on Friday to discuss addressing railway safety concerns in the city.
Recent incidents in Mokena weigh heavily on the minds of residents who live and travel along the rail lines, Benson said. A 23-year-old woman was killed when a Metra train hit her last week in Mokena.
Streit will travel to Springfield with Hastings this week to attend meetings with CN and IDOT, as Lockport potentially could be awarded additional funds to add crossing safety at the Ninth, 10th, 11th and Division street crossings, according to the release.