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25th Avenue & Union Pacific Grade Separation

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North Limit Main St.
South Limit Grant Ave.
East Limit 24th Ave.
West Limit 26th Ave.
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Daily Trains Affected

52 freight trains

59 Union Pacific West Metra trains

Communities Benefited:

  • Bellwood and Melrose Park


Constructing a grade separation in this area would reduce roadway congestion and improve safety through the corridor from St. Charles Avenue to Lake Street. Over 5000 vehicles are delayed at this location daily, yeilding 42.300 annual motorist hours of delay that would be alleviated by this project. Access to a proposed relocated Metra station would also be improved. The project would enhance community development and redevelopment in this area.

A grade separation of the 25th Avenue and the railroad would improve the safety of the crossing; improve the efficiency of transit; stimulate economical development in the area; provide improved emergency response times, eliminate crashes between trains and vehicles and reduce crashes between vehicles on 25th Avenue. A crash analysis has found 136 crashes within the project limits in years 2005 – 2007.

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Scope of Work

The project will consider eliminating the at-grade crossing of 25th Avenue by the Union Pacific Railroad in Bellwood, IL. This will be accomplished by either creating an overpass or underpass for vehicles using 25th Avenue at this location. The Proviso Freight Yard begins 790 feet to the west of the crossing. High train volumes, coupled with yard staging of trains leads to long closures of 25th Avenue.

The local land uses are residential, commercial, and light industrial. Residential properties are located from St. Charles Road to Grant Avenue. Between Grant Avenue and Lake Street, the land use is mixed commercial and light industrial. 25th Avenue consists of 2-10 foot lanes in each direction, south of Grant Street. From Grant Street to Lake Street, there are 2-11 foot lanes in each direction.

Project Status

Phase I Completed
Phase II Completed
Phase III Completed
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Project Location Map

Project outlines and locations shown above are approximations and do not necessarily represent final design and construction limits.