THE UNION PACIFIC Railroad crossing north of Pana on U. S. Route 51 will be temporarily closed beginning at 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 26. The closure is scheduled to last one day, however, it may overlap into a second day on Wednesday, July 27.
Due to the closure, traffic will be detoured at the junction of Route 51 and Illinois Route 16 to Tower Hill where traffic will be routed north along a county road to its intersection with the Findlay Blacktop east of Assumption. From the north, traffic will be detoured at the Taylorville-Findlay Blacktop, going east, then south to Tower Hill and Ro ute 16. The detour will be clearly marked.
Pana Township Highway Commissioner “Cork” Wafford said he and his staff will be out on Pana Township roads making sure no large vehicles try to use township roads during the detour.
A spokesperson with the Illinois Department of Transportation said the closure is to resurface the crossing. No ties or rails will be replaced during the operation.
(Tom Latonis Photo)