RAIL FIGHT: City Council Hearing Monday

Some Des Moines residents are fighting to keep intersections open to car traffic Monday night.

Union Pacific wants to shut down three east side intersections where the streets cross the track. The railroad is proposing the closures to improve train movement through the city and reduce vehicle backups at some crossings.

Neighbors argue the change would cut them off from the city.

Monday night the city council will hold a public hearing on the matter. Following that, the council will vote on the first of three readings.

The other two votes are scheduled for August and September.

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