ELKHART, Ind.--- Elkhart city officials broke ground on a project that's been in the works since 2006.
By the end of next year, an overpass will allow drivers and pedestrians to cross the train tracks without ever stopping.
Right now, it's estimated that traffic on Prairie St. stops for eight hours each day to let trains pass through.
The project comes with a price tag of $19 million.
But officials say it'll improve safety, north and south bound travel, as well as include new utilities and landscaping.
“There are many more benefits then just getting across the railroad,” said Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore. “We mentioned the reduction in noise. The benefit of safety, as far as our vehicles getting across, our school kids waiting here, or challenging a train that they can see coming.”
According to the mayor, the bigger plan is to eventually replace the rail crossings from Concord down to Elkhart.