The city of Peru is getting a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to rehabilitate 25 miles of railroad track. The plan is to improve the Illinois Railway line from Zearing northeast of Princeton to places near Peru. That will enable the railroad to carry more loads of sand and other locally produced product out of the area.
The city’s grant application says it’ll keep more than a million trucks off the highways to relieve traffic congestion and make Peru more competitive. This is part of the PISCES project, which stands for Peru Intermodal, Safety, Congestion, and Energy Security.
Improving the rail line will be PISCES phase two. Phase one involved widening Plank Rd. to accommodate traffic from a proposed truck facility to Interstate 80.