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RAILROAD RUMBLE: Final Vote On Road Closure Set

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The Des Moines City Council is about to make a final vote on a controversial plan to shut down part of Hull Avenue to make way for more rail traffic, Monday evening.

The plan on the table would cut-off traffic on Hull Avenue between Dixon and East 24th streets where the road intersects with the Union Pacific railroad tracks.

Union Pacific wants to free up the intersections for trains.

Company representatives say not having to worry about the crossings would boost efficiency by about 25-percent.

Neighbors argue the project would increase response times for emergency vehicles, decrease home values and add time and hassle to their daily lives.

The first two readings passed five to two.

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