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Study could reduce traffic pause due to trains in Ottawa

Southbound traffic on Columbus Street in Ottawa backs up in May, waiting for an Illinois Railnet train to pass.
Southbound traffic on Columbus Street in Ottawa backs up in May, waiting for an Illinois Railnet train to pass.

The Ottawa City Council is looking into ways to reduce the amount of time drivers are stuck at railroad crossings.

The council approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation Tuesday night to conduct a rail blockage study.

The study will include a look at how the railroad impacts traffic in the area as well as surrounding communities and how that impact can be lessened.

Mayor Bob Eschbach explained to The Times after the meeting that switching of cars on the train could possibly occur elsewhere that would lead to trains commuting through the city faster.

The results of the study will be shared at a City Council meeting in the future once complete.

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