The city of Goshen and Norfolk Southern Railroad have several projects beginning over the next four years. Here’s a quick snapshot:
The city hired a consultant in 2010 to study the rerouting of the Marion Branch to improve safety in the areas along the tracks and reduce traffic congestion and delays plus reduce or eliminate other adverse community impacts.
Norfolk Southern Railroad projects
- Construction of a third track along U.S. 33 from just north of C.R. 17 to east of Indiana Avenue
- Railroad grade crossing safety improvements at New York Street, Burdick Street, Jackson Street, Plymouth Avenue, Reynolds Street and Purl Street crossings
- Marion Branch curve realignment
- Crossing closures at Ninth, Washington and Douglas streets
- Railroad grade crossing safety improvements at Kercher Road, College Avenue and Jefferson Street crossings
- Apply to Federal Railroad Administration for a quiet zone stretching from C.R. 40 to Lincoln Avenue
- Railroad grade crossing improvement at Madison Street
- Implementation of the quiet zone
There are also non-motorized projects, like biking and walking trails, planned.
- Monroe Street trail from U.S. 33 to east entrance of the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds
- Bike trail from Eisenhower Drive North to Walmart
- Trail along Kercher Road from Island View Drive east to the railroad tracks
- Northwest bike trail
- Ninth Street trail from College Avenue to Purl Street
- Wayfinding signage
- Kercher Road trail from the railroad to Dierdorff Road
- Kercher Road bridge reconstruction over the Elkhart River connection to the Orchards Subdivision
- U.S. 33 reconstruction from the Elkhart River bridge to Third Street
- U.S. 33 North Connector route
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