The City of Bloomington will use BUILD funding, combined with innovative local funding, to
cross the Norfolk Southern Railroad and complete a 7.2 mile, four-lane, east/west arterial
roadway on the south side of the city. See Figure 1 for the project location. Historically, the
existing Norfolk Southern Railroad storage facility and associated right-of-way have been a
barrier to completing the connection. With the relocation of the storage facility and construction
of this section of Hamilton Road, east/west mobility will be improved by providing better route
continuity. Hamilton Road will connect homes located on the southwest side of the city and
rural communities south of the city with a more direct and safer route to State Farm campuses,
parks, schools, and other places of business along Commerce Parkway and Hamilton Road.
Multi-modal transportation will be improved by constructing a branch of Constitution Trail. The
proposed branch of Constitution Trail connects sections of the trail system that follow existing
sections of Hamilton Road and trails that meander through the State Farm South Campus to park
Building the 3,000 feet of arterial street and crossing the Norfolk Southern Railroad will also
promote more sustainable infill development, reduce traffic volumes on nearby congested streets
that would otherwise require widening, and allow for the closure of the intersection of Rhodes
Lane and Morrissey Drive (US 150) near the Morrissey Drive at-grade crossing with Norfolk
An at-grade railroad crossing at the intersection with Norfolk Southern Railway
(NSR) tracks. The City has agreed to close two at grade-crossings elsewhere in order to build the at-grade crossing.
Three slightly used railroad sidings will be removed from the project site.
Closing Rhodes Lane near its current intersection with U.S. 150. The U.S.
150/Rhodes/NSR intersection is among the more dangerous in Bloomington. Rhodes Lane will end as a cul-de-sac because it no longer needs to connect to US 150
The NSR crossing at U.S. 150 currently is un-gated because of its proximity to Rhodes Lane. While not part of the proposed project, the closure of Rhodes Lane at the intersection will make the improvements feasible.
Constructing the Constitution Trail link that connects a network of 7.2 miles of
trail parallel to Hamilton Road.
Safer, easier roadway travel, especially at the U.S. 150/Rhodes Lane/NSR confluence.
Reduced traffic load on the Interstate 55 Business route (Veterans Parkway).
Connect Constitution Trail multi-use path to complete 7.2-mile facility.
Potential for more safe and efficient transit connections.
Increased economic development opportunities in project area.
Enhanced access to jobs for rural areas.
Phase I engineering complete – Expect Categorical Exclusion by end of summer 2019.
Phase II design engineering and land acquisition funded.
Negotiations with NS under way.
Total Cost: $7.75 million
BUILD Funds: $5.325 million (68.7%)
ICC Grade Crossing Closure Funds: $0.1 million (1.1%)