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Reconstructing Galena bike path after train derailment

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GALENA, Ill. (KWWL) -

Construction crews are working to reconstruct the bike path that was damaged after a fiery train derailment south of Galena, Illinois, in March.

The path was the only way for emergency crews -- and then construction crews -- to reach the site of the derailment. 

The heavy machinery tore up the path, rendering it virtually unusable for anyone looking to use the path.

But Galena City Engineer Andy Lewis said the project has gone well from the city's standpoint, and they're looking forward to getting the path back.

"We get a certain amount of users who come to Galena just for that bike path," Lewis said.

It's also a popular spot for people who live in Galena, too.

"It will be a good thing for us, 'cause we will be able to get users to be able to use the trail, 'cause we've lost probably three to four months of the trail because BNSF and their contractors have been using it as a haul road," he said.

Construction has been a bit delayed by weather, but Lewis said it should be done in the next few weeks.

BNSF is paying the city back for all the work needed to fix the path. All told, Lewis said the figure is somewhere in range of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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