U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL) announced today that the Illinois Department of Transportation has received a $750,000 Railway-Highway Crossing Hazard Elimination in High-Speed Rail Corridors grant through the Federal Railroad Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funds will be used to carry out the closure of a six-track crossing at East Alton Avenue/Evans Avenue in Wood River, which will improve safety along the developing Chicago-St. Louis high speed rail corridor.
Costello, a senior member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, worked to authorize the corridor in the early 1990s.
"These funds will help ensure that proper safety measures are in place as we proceed with the construction of the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail corridor," said Costello. "Additionally, this is exactly the type of infrastructure investment that will help get our economy back on track -- creating jobs and improving the efficiency of our economy."