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Railroad work may detour Lake Forest voters

Updated: January 1, 2013 1:48AM

Voters who use the Lake Forest Metra station on the Milwaukee North Line as a polling place may need an alternate route on their way to vote Election Day.

Work on the railroad crossing near the station on Everett Road began Oct. 31, closing Everett at the tracks. That work, part of Metra’s routine replacement of older grade crossings in its system, is expected to be completed Nov. 7, a Metra spokesman said Thursday. Milwaukee North station is located west of the tracks on Telegraph Road, about midway between Conway Road on the north and Everett Road on the south.

Voters who live east of the railroad tracks and would normally use westbound Everett to cross on their way to the polling place in the station will have to use the alternate route instead. Starting at the intersection of Everett and Waukegan Road east of the tracks, the alternate route goes north on Waukegan from Everett, west on Conway across the tracks, then south on Telegraph to the station..

The spokesman said the grade crossing project involves removing the existing asphalt, rubber, track, ties and ballast and completely replacing them with new materials.

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