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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 03:01 AM
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by Eric last modified Jan 31, 2011

Although new to me, the original story we posted about of the train overpasses being proposed uncomfortably close to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, IL was written in 2009. However, concerns still exist with respect to the historic site and railroad expansion. Regina Albanese, Executive Director at the Dana-Thomas House Foundation, was kind enough to give us some updated information to the story to help keep everyone up-to-date. Read more after the...




 

 

6a00d8341bf72a53ef0148c82ce418970c-800wi Although new to me, the original story we posted about of the train overpasses being proposed uncomfortably close to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, IL was written in 2009. However, concerns still exist with respect to the historic site and railroad expansion. Regina Albanese, Executive Director at the Dana-Thomas House Foundation, was kind enough to give us some updated information to the story to help keep everyone up-to-date. Read more after the jump...

Regina writes:

The Dana-Thomas House is still in danger of the expansion of railroad service on the 3rd Street corridor that runs through Springfield and alongside the site. The high-speed rail project involves double tracking along the line to accommodate both Amtrak and freight services. According to Union Pacific, the owner of the line that Amtrak runs on, high-speed rail and freight are not compatible on the same line.
 
There are two studies currently being conducted that involve the issue of rail expansion through the city of Springfield and along side the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Dana-Thomas House. The first study, due to be completed this spring, is a study designed to recommend a consolidation of the various rail routes through Springfield. The city, local chamber, medical district and the Dana-Thomas House Foundation, as well as a host of other organizations have endorsed a consolidation of rail traffic through the city on the 10th Street line. The second study, which is an environmental impact study, is due to be completed this fall.
 
According the the company conducting the studies, anyone wishing to express concerns about the impact of this railroad expansion should do so now.
 
For additional information on the railroad corridor study, visit the official website here.

By phone: 1-877-552-5505

By mail:
Springfield Railroad Corridor Study
c/o Vector Communications Corporation
701 N. 15th Street, Mailbox 43
St. Louis, MO 63103

Email Us: info@springfieldrailroad.com

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Many thanks to Regina Albanese for updating this story for all of us interested in this situation. Please reach out to the people at the Springfield Railroad Corridor Study and make sure they know how important it is to maintain the integrity of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece.

Image via Image via dana-thomas.org


 

 

 
 
 

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