80th Street Junction Replacements (75th Street Corridor Improvement Project)
|Dan Ryan Expressway I-90/94
|Central Park Ave.
90 freight trains (CSX, NS, UP, BRC, CN, CP)
30 Metra trains (SouthWest Service)
2 Amtrak trains (Cardinal Service)
The Belt Junction and 80th Street Junction Replacements (EW2) will reconfigure the Belt Railway Company (BRC) main tracks between the Dan Ryan Expressway and Belt Junction, eliminating multiple conflicting paths by Metra SouthWest Service and Amtrak trains with BRC, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific tracks. EW2 will also create physical space for the related Rock Island Connection (P2) flyover project.
This project will eliminate the most congested rail chokepoint in the Chicago Terminal, the Belt Junction, where 30 Metra and 90 freight trains cross each other’s paths per day. The Amtrak Cardinal service performance is also expected to improve by eliminating freight conflicts in the vicinity of 80th Street.
Scope of Work
Alternatives are being developed to address conflicts between CSX, BRC, UP, NS and Metra. The approach will consider reconfiguring the Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC) main tracks between the Dan Ryan Expressway and Belt Junction, where four freight railroads conflict with each other and Metra’s SouthWest Service operations (EW2). The project will consider constructing a second main track for Metra’s SouthWest Service operations from near Wrightwood Station to Western Avenue (P2). The project will consider reconfiguring and building a third BRC main track, and constructing a flyover to connect the Metra SouthWest Service to the Rock Island Line in the vicinity of 74th and Normal and 75th and Parnell (EW2 and P2). This project will consider constructing a bridge that significantly reduces conflicts between CSX and BRC, Metra and NS (P3). The project will also consider constructing a road-rail grade separation of 71st St. and the CSX freight line (GS19). Associated signals, tracks, crossovers, and bridge work are included in the project. See the project website for more information at: https://www.75thcip.org/