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Western Avenue Corridor


BNSF Horseshoe

Topline Community Benefits

Reduction of safety and delay issues.

Increased freight rail reliability.

Upgraded rail infrastructure and rehabilitated ancillary infrastructure.

Project Funding Needs

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Fully funded and complete

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Project Area

North Limit W 16th Pl.
South Limit I-55
East Limit S Western Ave.
West Limit S California Ave.

Project Overview & Impact

The project constructed a new track from 31st and California Avenue on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Chillicothe Subdivision along Western Avenue to 21st Street and California on the BNSF Chicago Subdivision. Prior to this project, a direct connection did not exist between the BNSF Chicago and BNSF Chillicothe Subdivisions. Now, the connection allows for movement between BNSF’s Corwith and Cicero Yards, eliminating the safety and delay issues of long reverse moves that currently take place. This project also built new connections from the CN Freeport Subdivision to the CREATE Western Avenue Corridor.

As well, several bridges over city streets and over the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal were rehabilitated. There was installation of crossover switches between the BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision and the CN Freeport Subdivision, and crossovers between the new track and CSX Blue Island Subdivision. Finally, Centralized Traffic Control signalization was implemented over the length of the project.


Project Benefits

Improved freight rail systems improve rail service and the local environment for rail operators, residents, and passengers.

Chicago, IL Community Areas: Douglas Park, South Lawndale, Little Village, and Brighton Park

Rail improvements increase the flow of commerce and goods movement throughout the region.

Less congested railways improve local air quality.

Freight rail improvements benefit the entire rail network.

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Project Status

Phase I Completed
Phase II Completed
Phase III Completed

Project Status Definitions:
– Phase I: Environmental & Preliminary Engineering
– Phase II: Final Design (Plans, Specifications & Estimates)
– Phase III: Construction

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