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Tracks to be removed

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Cherokee City Council revised plans for a traffic detour while railroad tracks are being removed this summer.

The Iowa Department of Transportation requested approval of a detour agreement for about two days, starting on a date yet to be determined, sometime between mid July and late August.

The IDOT proposal would have detoured traffic down East Main Street while a crossings is removed on North Second Street south of Bluff Street.

Mayor Dennis Henrich said the IDOT has already made signs based on the East Main Street detour route, but the council members don't care about that.

They regard the East Main Street detour as dangerous for truck traffic. They reached a consensus on detouring the traffic down Linden Street.

The revised detour agreement signals an end to efforts to save the railroad spur through Cherokee to a potential commercial and industrial area to the northeast of Cherokee.

The Cherokee County Engineer and the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors had been trying to prevent removal of the spur, which they regarded as a potential asset for economic development that would be prohibitively expensive to replace.

Mike Morrow, a citizen attending the council meeting on Tuesday, asked why the railroad spur had to be abandoned. Henrich said that was a decision made some years back when Hallets moved to a new location.

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