Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Oct. 4, 2016

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Northern Lights Express project to hold open houses to discuss railroad grade crossings

Scheduled in Hinckley, Cambridge, Askov and Superior, Wis.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Northern Lights Express Project will host four open houses to discuss the potential changes to railroad grade crossings in the project corridor. Railroad grade crossings are locations where a roadway crosses railroad tracks at the same level rather than crossing above or below the tracks.

Meetings are scheduled for late October in Hinckley, Cambridge, Askov, Minn., and Superior, Wis.

In the project corridor, there are 169 public and private railroad grade crossings. Modifications to improve overall safety are being proposed for most public railroad grade crossings. Private railroad grade crossings will also be evaluated for potential safety improvements. 

The public is invited to attend the open houses to hear more about the proposed safety improvements and changes to the railroad grade crossings; receive an update on the project work and schedule; and talk to project staff. There will be no formal presentations.

The open houses will be held at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, Oct. 18
5 – 7 p.m.
Hinckley-Finlayson High School
201 Main St. East, Hinckley, Minn.

Wednesday, Oct. 19
5 – 7 p.m.
Cambridge City Center Mall
140 Buchanan St. North, Cambridge, Minn.

Monday, Oct. 24
5 – 7 p.m.
Pine County History Museum
6333 H C Andersen Alle, Askov, Minn.

Tuesday, Oct. 25
5 – 7 p.m.
Superior Government Center 
1316 North 14th St, Superior, Wis.

The Northern Lights Express is a proposed high-speed intercity passenger rail project to provide rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth. The NLX Project would operate on approximately 152 miles of existing BNSF railway track.

The NLX Project is being managed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration and with cooperation from the Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Rail Alliance, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and local communities. For more information, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/nlx.

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