The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 8, 2013

Aldermen to consider sign, railroad study

BY JENNIFER BAILEY jbailey@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — 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.

There have been one fatal accident and three other injury accidents at the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing on Voorhees during the last 20 years.

The railroad crossing study also will include a Norfolk Southern crossing in Catlin.

Aldermen tonight also will consider authorizing the acquisition of property and learn more about a professional services agreement for the East Main Street Corridor Study.

In other business, committee members will consider:

Authorizing vacation of a north-south alleyway west of 105 W. Roselawn for Doug and Roxy Reed-Jones and authorizing vacation of an east-west alleyway north of 913-921 E. Main St. for Michael Mains and Mains Family LLC.

Prohibiting parking on Woodbury Street, on the south side, from Logan Avenue to Sherman Street and on Woodbury Street, on the north side, from Logan Avenue to 150 feet east of Logan Avenue, both at all times. The south side of Woodbury already is signed “No Parking.”

The changes are to improve access for truck deliveries to North Logan Health Care Center and the city desires to restrict parking on a portion of Woodbury Street.

Authorizing Danville Mass Transit to purchase an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible minivan equipped with a wheelchair ramp to provide support services for a cost of $33,938 from Midwest Transit Equipment, Inc. of Kankakee. State and federal capital grant funding is paying for the purchase.

COMING UP The city council's Public Works Committee will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.