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In this May 18 file photo, workers for Railworks upgrade the Union Pacific Railroad track at the Fort Jesse Road crossing for high-speed rail.

NORMAL — Several road closures for high-speed rail work in Normal have been moved up.

One current closure, University Street near Beaufort Street, will still wrap up June 25, but the next five projects have been changed to the following schedule:

• Fort Jesse Road between Beech Street and Blair Drive and Beech near Old Fort Jesse Road, June 17 to 23. Officials suggest westbound drivers on Fort Jesse detour south on Blair to College Avenue, Linden Street and then Willow Street.

• Mulberry Street near Walnut Street and College Avenue near Oak Street, June 24 to July 3. Officials suggest westbound drivers on College detour north on Blair to Fort Jesse, Willow and then Linden.

• Linden Street near Parkinson Street, July 4 to 10. Officials suggest northbound drivers on Linden detour west on Vernon Avenue to Fell Avenue and then Mulberry.

• Broadway Avenue near Phoenix Avenue, July 11 to 15. Officials suggest northbound drivers on Linden detour west on Vernon to Fell and then Beaufort.

• Fell Avenue near Irving Street, July 16 to 20. Officials suggest northbound drivers on Linden detour east on Vernon to Broadway and then Beaufort.

Four remaining closures haven't changed:

• Fort Jesse between Beech and Blair, Linden near Parkinson and Broadway near Phoenix, Aug. 1 to Sept. 3.

• Linden near Parkinson, Sept. 3 to 17.

• Mulberry near Walnut and College near Oak, Sept. 19 to Oct. 15.

• Beech near Old Fort Jesse and Fell near Irving, Oct. 17 to Nov. 19.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad are overseeing the work, which is necessary for trains capable of going 110 mph to travel through Bloomington-Normal starting next year. It's paid for with federal high-speed-rail money.

Normal City Manager Mark Peterson said the town will continue to alert the public to further changes to the schedule.

“That schedule probably is going to change through the summer," he said. “Hopefully they can move as quickly as possible and minimize the amount of time those crossings are closed.”

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