The federal government has awarded Springfield $14 million for construction of the first new underpass connected to the railroad relocation.
The money represents the full local request for federal assistance to build that underpass at 10th and Carpenter. That intersection was chosen first to ensure that the east side would continue to have unrestricted access to the city’s hospitals and medical district during the multi-year rail project.
The underpass will cost more than $21 million total. The City of Springfield plans to ask the Illinois Commerce Commission to fund the rest of the project through its safety improvements program.