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The Illinois Department of Transportation is conducting a preliminary engineering and environmental study that considers improvements to IL 43 (Harlem Avenue) between 63rd Street and 65th Street, which could include grade separation of the BRC railroad crossings. More information on this project, which is also referred to as the CREATE project GS1, please check out the project website at www.il43study.org.

Project GS-16 – Grade Separation of Canadian Pacific tracks and Irving Park Rd. in Bensenville, IL

75th Street Corridor Improvement Project.  Six major railroads—two passenger and four freight—pass through the Chicago neighborhoods of Ashburn, Englewood, Auburn Gresham, and Chatham. These railroads cross at several points within the area. The crossings result in congestion and delays. This project will consider alternatives such as rail-rail flyovers to reduce this conflict.

For information about the Grand Crossing Rail Project, CREATE Project P4, please see the project website at www.grandcrossingrail.com

For information on the Central Avenue/Belt Railway of Chicago Railroad Grade Separation Study (GS2) please see the project website at www.centralbrc.org/

CREATE-Related Links

FHWA Office of Innovative Program Delivery – CREATE Case Study: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ipd/case_studies/il_create.htm

Federal Railroad Administration - CREATE description: http://www.fra.dot.gov/Pages/1486.shtml

AASHTO Transportation Bottom Line Report http://bottomline.transportation.org/SummaryBottomLineReport.pdf

Safety Courses

Note: not all railroads use all courses; please ensure you are using the proper course for the railroad you are working for.

Contractor Orientation Railroad Courses and Contractor Safety Website

Security and Safety Initiative of the Class 1 Railroads