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New railroad crossing coming to Coal City

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 8:29 p.m. CDT

COAL CITY – A new railroad crossing on Broadway Road in Coal City could congest traffic in the area, if only for 10 minutes per day.

The track will cross Broadway Road and will connect the new, multimillion inland logistics port located on the southwest corner of Reed and South Broadway roads to the adjacent Union Pacific railroad line.

One or two 60-car trains going about 10 mph are anticipated to use the track daily, according to local attorney Frank Cortina, who presented Friday to the Grundy County Highway Committee.

Cortina represents Providence Logistics and Clayco, which are developing the 285-acre logistics park.

“We have committed that we will avoid when the school buses are going and will avoid heavy traffic times,” Cortina said. “They would be coming in midmorning when traffic is the least – that’s the expectation.”

Each train is likely to tie up traffic at the crossing for about 10 minutes, Cortina said.

The crossing is within a “quiet zone” which means the trains cannot use their horns and must comply with certain deceleration zoning, which was already planned and approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission, Cortina said.

The highway committee issued Friday the permit needed to build the track. The decision was in line with the ICC, which already granted approvals to the developers.

“It could be as early as this week that they start construction,” Grundy County engineer Craig Cassem said Monday.

The substantial increase in industrial traffic in the area will prompt further upgrades to Reed and Broadway roads near the logistics park, project engineer Jason Wiesbrock told the committee Friday.

“We will address issues such as dedicating right of way on Broadway and contributions for a turn signal at Reed Road and Broadway Road at a later time,” Cassem said Monday.

As a manifest logistics park, several semitrucks will travel in and out of the park every day to load freight and transport it to Chicago.

No companies have committed to build within the park yet, but Cortina said developers are in final negotiations with one company and expect others to follow.

The first company is expected to bring a “minimum of 50 jobs,” Cortina said Friday.

“Obviously, in order to have the first user, we need to allow the UP [Union Pacific] trains to come in,” Cortina said. “I think this is an exciting project and a good thing for the county.”

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