Construction on the railroad crossing on McClintock Road in Channahon was slated to begin on Oct. 15. But the project began earlier than expected.
"It surprised us," Channahon Police Sgt. Steve Weiss said.
Weiss said he passed the area on Friday morning at around 9 a.m. and it was closed off, but not being worked on.
"I came back at 10 a.m. and they had a backhoe tearing it up," he said.
The area of McClintock Road is surrounded by Leland Hills subdivision, Park Place subdivision and McClintock Acres. In addition to the area near the tracks, there is also constriction on McClintock, wast of the tracks, where there are sections of the road being dug out.
Residents in the surrounding subdivisions are served by Channahon Fire Protection District station 2, which is on McClintock, west of the tracks that are under construction.
"It would be an increased time from that station right there," Weiss said.
The station can get to the east of the track by utilizing Route 6.
Elementary school students in that area attend Troy Community Consolidated District 30C. Lucille Feeney, assistant principal of transpotation services in the district said the work on the railroad tracks will not disrupt bus service.
"The bus drivers do know of alternative routes," Feeney said. "We do everything we can to make sure those students are picked up."
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