Groundbreaking this week for Chicago-St. Louis line in Dwight, Illinois

August 10, 2015

The promise of a high-speed railway line linking Chicago and St. Louis, and making a local stop in Dwight suddenly feels a little more real this week.

Folks in this Livingston County community of 4,300 have heard stories of a 120-mph passenger train for years. But the most tangible step in the process of making that dream a reality comes on Tuesday.

An official groundbreaking event will bring Sen. Dick Durbin and an array of Amtrak and Illinois Department of Transportation officials. With ceremonial spades, they’ll announce plans for the construction of the first new station that will service the high-speed line.

Pontiac, Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton will all get new depots, but Dwight is the first to award contracts on its $3.26 million station. It will be located at the site of a former grain elevator, only about a block from the town’s historic depot, which will remain solely a museum.

Read the full story by reporter Dennis Yohnka in The Daily Journal by clicking here.

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