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Midwest high-speed rail project moves forward

21 Nov 13 Illinois Department of Transportation has awarded a three-year, US$9.8m (£6m) contract for the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) covering the expansion of high-speed rail between Granite City, Illinois, and St Louis, Missouri.

Michael Baker Jr will serve as the lead consultant for the project team, which includes STV Incorporated as its joint venture partner and eight additional consultants.

Baker will lead the environmental analysis effort for the roughly 20-mile corridor, provide preliminary engineering for the planned structures, and author the EIS document for approval by the Federal Railroad Administration.  The project will include the study of a new rail bridge crossing the Mississippi River and will require the coordination and cooperation of Illinois and Missouri as well as two railroads and several local agencies.

“This project represents one of the first steps in an eventual system linking the major cities of the Midwest and enhancing the economic viability of the region,” said Baker project manager John O’Neill.

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