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Route 30 to be shut down while barn is moved

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 5:43 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 10:44 p.m. CST
(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Marion Younger stands outside K's Korners Saturday, where demolition has begun to ready the rural Whiteside County bar for its new building. She and her husband, Andy Younger, owners of the bar, are replacing the building with a two-story dairy barn from the former Wahl Equestrian center up the road that Andy bought at auction. The barn will be moved to the site at the corner of Galt Road and U.S. Route 30 on May 7.

STERLING – K’s Korners is having a barn-raising today. And a barn putting-down, too.

Andy and Marion Younger, owners of the bar at 13030 Galt Road, at the U.S. Route 30 intersection, bought a barn from the now-defunct Wahl Equestrian Center up the road at the Double G Farm, 24236 Lincoln (which is Route 30). They plan to use it as a wedding, reunion and and party venue.

They’ve torn down a section of their bar, readying the spot where the barn is to be situated. Today is moving day.

It will take 2 to 4 hours for Balagna House Movers Inc., of Peoria, to inch the behemoth the 1.5 miles up the road, so that portion of 30, west of Rock Falls, will be closed from about 9 a.m. until the job is done.

Until the barn makes it past the Interstate 88 on ramp, that, too will be closed, but that’s at the beginning of the route, so it shouldn’t take too long.

Two state police cars will be on hand, as will ComEd representatives, who must lower the power lines so the barn can pass. An Illinois Department of Transportation rep also will be on site, along with the Balagna’s crew.

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