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October 8, 2013

Aldermen to consider sign, railroad study

DANVILLE — With the former Classy Critters building now demolished, the city council’s Public Works Committee tonight will consider granting an access and sign easement at 3628 N. Vermilion St. for Lowe’s as part of the North Vermilion redevelopment project.

Lowe’s Vermilion Street entrance needs to be relocated as part of the redevelopment project to line it with Meijer’s entrance across Vermilion Street. Lowe’s officials asked for a temporary sign near the new entrance for a period not to exceed six months, according to the ordinance.

The city purchased the property where the former Classy Critters building sat, where one of the Lowe’s entrances will be relocated.

Also tonight, committee members will consider approving an engineering agreement for the safety improvement evaluation and funding identification for possible improvements for various at-grade railroad crossings. The Danville Area Transportation Study selected Hanson Professional Services of Springfield to perform the study for a cost of $22,178.

Purchases through DATS, which has federal and state planning dollars for projects, are required to follow the city’s purchasing policy, according to city officials.

The city’s engineering staff also will manage the project in lieu of a local match in cash.

According to previous DATS information about the study, it was determined that all four at-grade crossings of the Norfolk Southern and CSX crossings on Voorhees and Bowman Avenue should have additional cost/benefit analysis completed along with public and local agency input to determine the feasibility of grade separations at these locations, according to Hanson Engineers.

The crossing with the highest exposure factor and highest historical crash data is the Norfolk Southern crossing on Voorhees Street between Bowman Avenue and Griffin Street near the city’s Public Works facility.

Twenty-six trains travel along these tracks daily, but future projections show the trains could increase to 33 daily. Average daily vehicle traffic is 15,800 across those tracks. Projections increase the number to 19,000 ADT in 2035.

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