Chatham Community Hears High Speed Rail Plans


Chatham residents got the chance to ask questions about the high speed rail project Wednesday evening.

IDOT held an informational meeting there to answer questions and concerns about upcoming construction for the project.

Residents were able to learn about the construction which will mainly be around railroad crossings.

One IDOT official says reaching out to communities is an important part of the process.

"We found it really beneficial to come out and talk to the communities, coordinate with local officials. We've gotten some suggestions from them about detours that might work better in their town," said Scott Speegle, IDOT rail communications manager.

The high speed rail project will create a passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis, and allow trains to travel up to 110 miles per hour.

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