A hearing Tuesday afternoon in Springfield will explain improvements to the 3rd Street rail line. Springfield leaders breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced rail traffic would be consolidated along 10th Street. They had concerns of more and faster trains traveling through the heart of downtown. But while the 10th Street corridor is being revamped, the trains won't wait. That means safety improvements are needed along 3rd Street.
The flow of traffic in Springfield could change dramatically in the coming decade.
Transportation planners seeking to re-route trains recently scored a major victory in the fight for funding.
The federal government announced August 30th a $14.4M grant to help pay for the first of several construction projects along 10th Street. Crews could begin work by summer 2014, but design work must be completed first.
The State Journal-Register's Business Editor Tim Landis joins us to talk about the possibility of faster freight trains along Springfield's Third Street corridor and an upcoming corn crop survey in Sangamon County: