TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Margaret Avenue in Terre Haute was one of the biggest problem areas for railroad traffic, until the building of an overpass.
“We take the overpass off 13th and Margaret. We go out of our way almost to take it because we like it so much,” said Sam Beckham, a Terre Haute resident.
Now, the city is focusing on its second busiest railroad crossing at the intersection of 13th Street and 8th Avenue.
All the train tracks come together there, then they branch back out. So all sixty trains roughly a day that come through Terre Haute go through that intersection,” Mayor Duke Bennett said.
The new overpass project will happen with the help of state funds.
“Fortunately, we got a state grant a few months ago for nearly $14 million to help us pay for that,” Mayor Bennett said.
According to the mayor, the grant plays a huge role in getting the overpass project done in a timely manner.
“In this case, getting a grant from the state for 80 percent of the cost makes it a really short process,” he said.
The overpass design is still in the early stages.
City leaders will meet with INDOT to discuss next steps.
The project is expected to take a year and a half once construction begins.