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No Deal Yet on Closing RR Crossings

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are not ready to jump on board yet with plans to close some rail crossings. City staff and Burlington Northern Santa Fe have reached a tentative agreement to shut down the crossings at Clay, Campbell, and Madison Streets. BNSF would pay the city $145,000 and make improvements to the remaining crossings. But aldermen say they should have been included in the negotiations and they feel the city is not getting enough out of the deal. They're also concerned about the impact the closings would have on the remaining crossings and other nearby streets. Third Ward Alderman Lou Gilbert and Fifth Ward Alderman Tim Lobdell will meet with city staff and BNSF representatives to continue the talks.