Durbin, Duckworth Announce $13 Million Grant for New Underpass in Normal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the Town of Normal has been awarded $13 million in federal funding for the final design and construction of an underpass under Union Pacific’s tracks next to Uptown Station.  Today’s investment, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) BUILD grant program, will help establish a better connection between Uptown Normal and homes on the south side of the railroad tracks. 


“I’m pleased that this federal funding will help Normal build an underpass that will lead to safer and more efficient travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and rail passengers,” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I are proud to support this improvement project, and will continue advocating for strong investments in Illinois’ transportation infrastructure.”


“I’ve supported this project since I arrived in the Senate because this significant infusion of federal funding in Normal will help move our state’s economy in the right direction, improve our transportation systems and create jobs for hardworking Illinoisans,” Duckworth said. “It’s a continuing effort to improve infrastructure in Normal and across Central Illinois while supporting local jobs. I’m proud to announce this investment in Illinois infrastructure and I’ll keep working with Senator Durbin to modernize transportation systems in every corner of our state.”