A reminder -
The CN Railroad project, removing rail line and ties in Cherokee from the vacated rail line - beginning at West Cherry Street and continuing northeast through the City to the north side of Iowa Highway 3 - begins today (Monday).
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 the closings, particularly on school routes - East 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, according to the City. 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 City Administrator Don Eikmeier said at a recent Council meeting that the City explored that possibility and was told by the CN Railroad that the existing crossing lights systems are outdated and would not meet current codes.
The CN Railroad undertakes the cost of the rail line removal project.