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Grade Separations

Belmont Road & Metra/BNSF Grade Separation

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North Limit Haddow Ave.
South Limit Hitchcock Ave.
East Limit Pershing Ave.
West Limit Puffer Rd.
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Daily Trains Affected

50 Freight trains

79 Metra trains

8 Amtrak trains

Communities Benefited:

  • Downers Grove


This project increased safety by eliminating the risk of a collision between trains and motorists, pedestrians or bicyclists. More than 140 trains pass through this location every day, and no longer block traffic on Belmont Road, which handles approximately 18,000 vehicles per day.  Because vehicles no longer sit idling and waiting for trains to cross, vehicular emissions are reduced, improving the quality of life for area residents.

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Scope of Work

This project eliminated the at-grade crossing of the BNSF tracks at Belmont Road (County Route 2) by constructing an underpass for motor vehicles. Metra Commuter Rail and Amtrak also operate on these tracks. Belmont Road now consists of two lanes of traffic in either direction, with a tunnel for pedestrians on the west side of Belmont Road.

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.