VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – In Vincennes, trains and railroads are not uncommon, an issue for some. Lately, you can add the intersection of 2nd and Niblack on to the list as well.
“We have a floodgate closure that goes into that intersection that will no longer go into that intersection because the tracks have been raised so much,” said Mayor Joe Yochum, “but also because of that, we have trouble with truck traffic, semi traffic, coming through and getting to a couple of businesses in town. There’s been times that the trailers got hung up on that intersection.”
The intersection has its share of problems, but change is on the way. Mayor Yochum says for about $2 million, work will be done to correct the issues.
“We’re going to raise the entire intersection, that’s including a bridge over Kelso Creek and the bridge has to be raised,” he said, “not only does it take care of that problem with the truck traffic getting hung up, it also takes care of our floodgate problems.”
The money to fix the intersection will come from federal dollars. Yochum says it’s leftover from $5 million that the city received about a couple of administrations ago for a study.
“This money originally was earmarked for a railroad study to relocate the railroad tracks outside the city of Vincennes,” he said, “They told us we could actually use that money to take care of other railroad projects, this being one of them.”
Yochum says motorists will be able to notice a change within the coming weeks, that’s when the intersection will be shut down. He says the project will be a year long process.
A project that has been a long time in the making, but soon a reality for the city.
“This project has been going on for about three years now, anytime you’re using federal dollars you have to jump through all the appropriate hoops and stuff,” he said, “I’m just glad to be getting it started and can see the light at the end of the tunnel for this project.”