A long awaited project is finally underway at Goshen College. A pedestrian underpass has been in the works for five years now. There are only two days the train doesn't run through campus, Christmas and the Fourth of July.
Now in twenty four hours construction crews have been working around the clock to install am underground tunnel at the school.
“The fact that we are getting more and more trains is probably the biggest thing,” says project manager Glenn Gilbert. “It is actually an amenity to the college and the community. This is a bicycle path that goes right through here, and that's part of the act to provide safe access across the railroad.”
Late Tuesday night crews start digging 18 feet below the surface and then placed 20 ton sections in place to build a tunnel.
The train should be able to run by midnight tonight.
In the past students living on one side of campus had to often wait to cross the tracks to get class because the train came through 20 times a day.
“I remember when I lived in the dorm, there was the train that would wake me up at night,” says recent graduate Anna Ruth. “Crossing the tracks to get to class, it would make me late. The train is very much a part of life at Goshen.”
There's still a lot of work to be done before the pedestrian underpass is ready like adding steps, wheel chair lifts and rerouting the city's bike path.
It should be ready by November.