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Elwood railroad crossing closing Wednesday

A railroad crossing in southwest suburban Elwood is shutting down Wednesday.

Walter Strawn Drive will be closed to traffic at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks just west of Illinois Route 53 starting Wednesday, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

There will be no access to Walter Strawn Drive from Illinois 53 once the closure is in effect, IDOT said. Commercial vehicles that need to access intermodal terminals in Elwood are encouraged to use Arsenal Road via I-80 and I-55 as an alternate route.

The closure is necessary to meet the requirements of an Illinois Commerce Commission order, IDOT said.

Access to Ira Morgan Drive from Illinois 53 will not be affected, according to IDOT.