The town of LaSalle is applying for a $750,000 DOLA grant, which is being matched by Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), to alleviate congestion on main street. Due to trains regularly stopping on the tracks and blocking the street, traffic is delayed for an indefinite amount of time. The delays prevent residents from efficiently moving through town, negatively impact school buses on their routes and can be a significant hinderance to first responders in an emergency.

The county’s contribution to the improvement project will be the design and construction of a connector road which will extend county road 39 between county roads 50.5 and 52 so that people east of the railroad tracks will have a secondary option to get through town.