Committee Approves Safety Work at Rail Crossing

Committee Approves Safety Work at Rail Crossing

A Danville City Council committee is recommending the full council approve a contract for some safety improvements at a Griffin Street railroad crossing.  It is the crossing near Garfield Park where a 13-year-old boy was struck and killed by a train in June of 2017.

Cross Construction Company of Urbana is awaiting final approval to construct sidewalk extensions and install pedestrian gates across the CSX Transportation tracks and right-of-way.

The City will use Community Development Block Grant funds to pay for the work which totals $108-thousand, 700-dollars.

The committee is also recommending the full city council approve additional funding for work that has already been completed on a roundabout intersection at Jackson and English Streets.  The City discovered that some of the work there was ineligible to be paid from an original funding source.  So the City Council is being asked to approve a resolution providing over $24-thousand dollars in additional funding for some work that included conduits, sidewalks, pavement and curbing.

The Public Works Committee also learned last night that the city’s yard waste season has begun.  Public Works Director Carl Carpenter said crews are picking up both bags and toters of yard waste.  The city’s yard waste collection site is open on Monday through Thursday. Carpenter also reminded the public that they should not blow grass or leaves into the city streets.