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Cherokee rail line removal delayed

Monday, October 25, 2010

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The CN Railroad rail line and ties from West Cherry Street to the north side of the Iowa Highway 3 By-pass will soon be removed. This photo is looking northeast from the south side of West Cherry Street. Photo by Mike Leckband
The project scheduled to begin today of CN Railroad removing rail line and ties in Cherokee from the vacated rail line beginning at Cherry Street and continuing northeast through the City to the north side of Iowa Highway 3, has been pushed back one week by the CN Railroad.

The work will now begin next Monday, Nov. 1, according to City Administrator Don Eikmeier.

As part of this project, East Bluff Street, North Roosevelt Street and Hayward Street will each be closed temporarily for the street portion in the railroad right-of-way to be resurfaced during the project, which will be completed in about one week, weather permitting.

Residents are encouraged to plan alternate routes during next week's closings, particularly on school routes - Bluff and Roosevelt Streets.

The railroad crossings on West Cherry Street, U.S. Highway 59 (North 2nd Street), East Spruce Street, and the Iowa Highway 3 By-pass will be removed and those streets resurfaced sometime next year. The State is responsible for resurfacing the U.S. Highway 59 and Iowa Highway 3 crossings.

Former Cherokee City Council Member Greg Stieneke long ago asked about the possibility of relocating the U.S. Highway 59 railroad crossing lights to the West Cedar Street crossing, but Eikmeier said last week that the City explored that possibility and was told by the CN Railroad that the existing crossing lights systems would not meet current codes.

The CN Railroad undertakes the cost of the rail line removal project.



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