Ground broken on $67 million Bensenville rail project

Ground was broken Tuesday for a $67 million Bensenville rail project  railroad bridge and intersection project at a Bensenville crossing notorious for traffic delays due to freight trains.

The project involves lowering Irving Park Road just east of York Road and constructing a bridge for the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks. The Irving Park-York intersection also will be reconstructed.

An average of 25 freight trains passes through the crossing each day, delaying 6,400 vehicles and costing motorists 1,500 daily hours of delays, officials said.

The rail bridge is expected to be completed by fall 2014 and the full intersection project is expected to be complete by winter 2015, officials said.

The intersection has long been a source of traffic congestion, and several fixes have been proposed over the years.

The project also got hung up in the now-resolved feud between Bensenville and other suburbs versus Chicago over the expansion of O’Hare International Airport.

Most recently, the project was slated to start in spring 2011 but delayed due to a lack of money.

As time went by, the cost of the project also increased. In 2008, officials estimated the project would cost $56 million.

The project is being funded with bonds from the Illinois Jobs Now capital program, with the support from Bensenville, DuPage County, the O’Hare Modernization Program and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The rail bridge is part of a program intended to ease freight rail traffic congestion known as the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program.


Source : ChicagoTribune

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