By: Kate Pabich
They feel like they've been cut off from the rest of the town. That's what some Galesburg residents say the city has done.
Residents are putting together a petition because of what's happened at the intersection of Mulberry and Chambers.
It's been closed and fenced off and people say it's not only an inconvenience, but it's dangerous.
"Mr. Mayor take down this fence." Those are the words of South Galesburg resident Gerald Smith. He says the wrought iron obstacle is jailing folks on his side of town.
Smith says the closure has left South siders with only one easy way out....the underpass.
"There are other ways but it would be elaborate you'd have to twist and turn."
Galesburg city engineer, Wayne Carl, says they had to close the intersection because of new quiet zones going in at some crossings, and this one was the most dangerous.
"There have been a lot of accidents there before we closed it one direction."
But Smith says he's most worried about emergency vehicles not being able to get there in time.
"My concern is how would an ambulance respond if they couldn't get under that underpass, I mean it's going to take more time and response times could be critical."
The city says there haven't been any problems with emergency response since the intersection closed last July. They say since a deal was made with the state for closing the crossing it would take a lot of work and more than a million bucks to reverse it.
Smith says he's going to keep trying to get the intersection opened back up. He says his petition has more than 100 signatures.