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Central Avenue and Belt Railway of Chicago Grade Separation

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North Limit Archer Ave S
South Limit W 54th St.
East Limit S. Luna Ave.
West Limit S Parkside Ave.
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Daily Trains Affected

13 freight trains

Communities Benefited:

  • Chicago – Garfield Ridge Community Area


Daily, 20,800 vehicles pass through the crossing. Midway Airport borders the southeast corner of 55th Street and Central Avenue.

This project will reduce roadway congestion and improve safety at this location. The grade crosing separation will eliminate delay to over 600 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of 6,700 annual motorist hours of delay. It will also eliminate the potential for collisions between vehicles and trains.

This location is designated a “911 Critical Crossing.” This is a critical location for emergency services to access communities that have high frequency of train movements or delays. The grade separation will eliminate this issue.

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Scope of Work

The project will consider eliminating the at-grade crossing of Central Avenue and two Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC) tracks located 330 feet south of Archer Avenue and 800 feet north of 55th Street. This will be accomplished by creating either an overpass or underpass for vehicles using Central Avenue at this location. See the project website for additional information at: centralbrc.org/

Project Status

Phase I Underway
Phase II Not Started
Phase III Not Started
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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.