- Associated Press - Sunday, July 22, 2018

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) - State officials have opened an underpass in Galesburg to ease traffic and improve safety.

Gov. Bruce Rauner opened the route under the BNSF Railroad tracks this week. He says it eliminates delays caused by trains and improves safety, traffic flow and emergency response times in the city’s central business district.

Construction on the East Main Street underpass began in October 2016. It routes U.S. 150 under the tracks just north of the BNSF rail yard. The $26.5 million cost was split among federal, state, local and railroad funds.

The project is part of a larger plan by the state to reduce congestion in one of the state’s busier railroad hubs. The West Main Street overpass named for former state Rep. Don Moffitt was finished in 2012 and other improvements followed.

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