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Tier 1 South EA

  • 17
  • Oct
  • 2014
KEYWORDS: Illinois, shipman, Godfrey, EA
ABSTRACT: This Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates the construction of double tracking along the mainline service line of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) from north of Shipman (Milepost 230) to Godfrey (Milepost 253), in Jersey, Macoupin and Madison Counties, Illinois. The Preferred Alternative includes: 1.) upgrading existing tracks; 2.) adding a second mainline track; 3.) constructing turnouts; 4.) fencing; 5.) adding Positive Train Control (PTC) signaling; and 6.) improving and modifying existing at-grade crossings. The Preferred Alternative would be of immediate benefit to the rail passenger and freight services using this line today, as well as future use for High-Speed Rail (HSR) trains. The Preferred Alternative would improve fluidity of train movement, decrease delays in passenger trains, and reduce congestion in the section from Shipman to Godfrey. The sidings would also improve the efficiency of the railroad by allowing for train meets and sorting of cars for freight trains as well as an area for storing trains during maintenance incidents. No significant impacts to natural, social, or human environments would occur. The Preferred Alternative would impact the following resources; however impacts would be minimized to the greatest extent possible and mitigated as required: 1.) approximately 5.529 acres of wetlands; 2.) approximately 1.59 acres of prairie remnants; and 3.) acquisition of approximately 14.75 acres of agricultural land, 15 acres of additional permanent and temporary easements, involving 25 buildings and structures. Temporary impacts to water quality, noise, transportation, and air quality could occur from construction-related activities. The following may be contacted for additional information concerning this document: Francesco Bedini Jacobini, High Speed Rail Manager Illinois Department of Transportation 2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Room 339 Springfield, IL 62764
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