; BNSF Horseshoe - CREATE Program

Our Projects

Western Avenue Corridor

BNSF Horseshoe

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

22 freight trains

Communities Benefited:

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


Currently a direct connection does not exist between the BNSF Chicago and BNSF Chillicothe Subdivisions. This project will construct a new direct connection to allow movements between BNSF’s Corwith and Cicero Yards, eliminating the safety and delay issues of long reverse moves that currently take place. This project will also build new connections from the CN Freeport Subdivision to the CREATE Western Avenue Corridor.

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Scope of Work

Construct new track from 31st and California Ave. on the BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision along Western Ave. to 21st St. and California on the BNSF Chicago Subdivision. Rehabilitate up to 6 bridges over city streets and over the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Install crossover switches between the BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision and the CN Freeport Subdivision. Install crossovers between the new track and CSX Blue Island Subdivision. Install Centralized Traffic Control signalization over the length of the project.

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.