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Seneca dealing with traffic back ups because of trains

Posted by wlpo on June 25, 2014

Ottawa and Utica aren’t the only towns in the Illinois Valley dealing with trains backing up traffic.

The Village of Seneca is applying for state funds to ease wait times on trains that cause drivers to sit and wait for 20 to 30 minutes. Seneca Commissioner John Lamb says he’s afraid the backups on Route 178 and 6 someday will delay emergency vehicles. He says school buses have already been late getting kids to class because of trains. If they can get funding, Lamb hopes the village can work with CSX Railroad to put in a new switch and more tracks east of town.

As part of their funding application, village officials are collecting letters from anyone who has a comment about waiting for trains in Seneca. To send a letter, click

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