The Government will spend more than $3.8 million to upgrade a series of central Illinois railroad crossings near Springfield to make them safer for drivers. The project uses both state and federal money and will add eight sets of "quad gates" at crossings along the Union Pacific rail line. "Quad gates" are double gates installed on each side of a crossing that are designed to keep cars from going onto the track when a train is approaching. They provide about 85 seconds of warning, instead of the typical 30 seconds provided by standard gates. The gates are being added as part of the upgrade of high-speed rail line between St. Louis and Chicago.
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