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Train rail problem closes part of Route 38 at Route 23

Published: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 12:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 4:15 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – Evening commuters should avoid the intersection of routes 23 and 38, which will be partially closed as Union Pacific crews fix a separated rail there.

City officials were notified of the separated track rail about 11:50 a.m. Thursday, said Mark Espy, DeKalb's assistant director of public works. Route 38 (Lincoln Highway) will be closed at the intersection for about 7 hours, Espy said.

"We're having to set up a detour for Route 38 both east and west," Espy said. "Route 23 is going to be open but there's no eastbound traffic off of 23."

That means motorists traveling north on Route 23 (Fourth Street) won't be able to turn right onto Route 38 and motorists traveling south on Route 23 won't be able to turn left onto Route 38.

Espy suggested avoiding the intersection until the track was fixed.

"Just stay clear of the area if you can," he said. "Take the long way home."

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