REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE Union Pacific Railroad and Providence Logistics were scheduled to meet this week with potential customers for the Inland Logistics Port, a rail served industrial park under construction south of Reed Road and west of South Broadway.
Ann Gill Editor
It's been months since Chris McGrath has appeared before the Coal City Village Board, but his attendance at this week's meeting came with some good news.
A partner with Providence Logistics, developer of the Inland Logistics Port, McGrath informed town trustees that he anticipates the first phase of construction should be complete by the end of July.
"We are about halfway through the project," he said of on-going work to install a lead track from the Union Pacific mainline east of South Broadway to the development site located south of Reed Road and west of South Broadway.
Inland Logistics Port is a 285-acre rail served industrial park that will provide manifest, bulk and transload cargo service to the Chicago and upper Midwest markets.
Developers have said the key to getting the industrial park project moving is construction of the lead track. So the village fronted the developers $1.9 million to do the necessary work.
The area around the main rail line has been cleared and a path cut across the adjacent farm field that has been prepared for the installation of track.
Assembly of the railroad switch began on Monday and that part of the project should wrap-up by the end of the week, according to McGrath.
Union Pacific crews are will be on site next week to set the switch and then begin the process of laying down the track. The placement of the rail lines will begin at the switch and move west.
The work will require that South Broadway be closed from Reed to Braceville roads for approximately two to three weeks in order for the track to be brought across the roadway. A road closure plan is being developed by Grundy County's Highway Department.
"Aside from the tragic accident that occurred a couple of weeks ago, the project is going fantastically," McGrath told the board.
The accident he spoke of resulted in the death of a D Construction worker who was part of a crew that was clearing brush from the site.
Once the lead track is extended into the park a loop track will be built to serve potential users.
McGrath and his firm are working in conjunction with the Union Pacific on getting companies to locate in the park. He noted interest in the site has picked up since the project got underway.
Developers have said potential site users could include a plastics manufacturer, distributors of steel products and food companies.
"There are a number of companies we are talking to now," he said, noting that a meeting between his company, the railroad and potential customers was set for Tuesday.