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July 11, 2013

New Day Dawns for a Landmark Somerset Home

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Somerset —

A newly constructed sidewalk leads from the four-lane street westward over the hill along Sinking Creek to a more than century old railroad underpass. The underpass is a weathered concrete arch that once took traffic on Old Monticello Street under the railroad.
The Department of Highways has blocked the railroad underpass to vehicular traffic. The former Monticello Street, now Old Monticello Street, goes up the hill and joins the new street. Eastbound vehicles coming down the hill are detoured onto Beecher Street.
The old railroad tunnel looks basically the same. The underside of the arch shows scars where hundreds of tall trucks got stuck during a century of use.
And, as if time stands still, burdened freight trains still rumble overhead and graffiti artists leave demented messages on the crumbling walls. 
But if Richards and Boils have their way, the old house, now almost hidden in a grove of trees, will take on new life. Through its restored single pane windows will be a view of progress; the sound of 15,000 traffic movements a day. 

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