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New York City-based engineering firm WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, which is studying options for a railroad crossing at Uptown Station, recommends the option represented by this artist's rendering displayed April 27 at Uptown Station. The station is in the upper left corner of this image.

NORMAL — Town officials are taking another shot at federal funding for a railroad underpass at Uptown Station.

Normal will apply for $16 million in TIGER (Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery) money, which in 2009 paid $22 million to build the station, for a pedestrian underpass project, said City Manager Mark Peterson.

Applications are due Oct. 16 for $500 million in projects across the country ranging from $5 million to $25 million each to "have significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region." 

Bloomington and McLean County aren't applying, said city Public Works Director Jim Karch and County Administrator Bill Wasson.

The Normal City Council decided in June to narrow its options to an underpass or using the existing at-grade crossings at Broadway Avenue and Linden Street. The council voted in 2015 to abandon an overpass project, which already had grant funding, in favor of studying an underpass.

"It (Business 51) is a viable project and will be considered for future TIGER grants if they are available," said Kelsea Gurski, IDOT communication services bureau chief.

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