Rantoul on track for a new train station

RANTOUL — The local Amtrak facilities will receive a notable upgrade.

George Allen Construction, Mokena, is preparing to begin a project that will extend from north of the old railroad depot to near its center in the 100 block of North Kentucky Ave., just north of Sangamon Avenue.

Project manager Russ Terpstra said the upgrade will include installation of a 200-foot-long and 12-foot deep platform that will be raised about 8 inches above the rails.

The facility will have two handicapped parking spaces, a station that will lift wheelchairs onto the train, a new passenger shelter and new signage.

He said nine decorative light poles designed to match neighboring lighting will also be installed.

“I think people will like it when it’s done,” Terpstra said.

The current site, now situated to the south of the depot, will be removed after completion of the new one.

“With winter weather coming, we’re probably looking at eight months, nine months,” Terpstra said of how long the project will take.

He said the station will be built on helical piers that will be sunk into the ground.

The construction company specializes in train station installation and repair. It is also undertaking station rehab work in Gilman.

“We have multiple jobs around the country,” Terpstra said.

The company did some of the work on the present station when it was installed “six-seven years ago,” he said.

dhinton@rantoulpress.com

 

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