Lipinski Says Englewood Flyover to 'Deliver Bang for the Buck'
La Grange Suburban Life
October 11, 2011
Congressman Dan Lipinski issued a statement on the start of construction on the Englewood Flyover, a long-awaited $133 million project that will create nearly 1,500 jobs, reduce Metra delays for Third District riders, and boost long-term economic growth as part of the CREATE rail modernization project.
“There aren’t many projects that deliver this kind of bang for the buck,” Lipinski said. “The Englewood Flyover means more jobs, better Metra service, faster freight movement, high-speed rail, and less congestion on our roads. As a linchpin of the CREATE rail modernization project, it’s critical to modernizing our aging rail system, preserving our status as America’s transportation hub, and boosting long-term job creation in northeastern Illinois."
The Englewood Flyover is a bridge that will carry Metra’s Rock Island line over the Norfolk Southern/Amtrak tracks near 63rd Street and State Street in Chicago.
Currently, approximately 140 Metra, Amtrak, and freight trains clog the intersection daily, producing long delays. In addition to immediately reducing delays on Metra’s Rock Island District line, the flyover is the critical first step toward eliminating delays on Metra’s Southwest Service line.
On average, 40,000 people ride the Rock Island and Southwest Service lines each weekday.
A partnership between the federal government, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Chicago Department of Transportation, Metra, and the Association of American Railroads, CREATE will reduce congestion with track, switch, and signal upgrades, as well as new overpasses and underpasses.
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