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Columbus Avenue & Belt Railway Company Grade Separation

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North Limit W 74th St.
South Limit W Columbus Ave.
East Limit S Campbell Ave.
West Limit S Maplewood Ave.
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Daily Trains Affected

32 freight trains

Communities Benefited:

  • Chicago – Ashburn Community Area


This project will reduce roadway congestion and improve safety at this location. Daily, 11,500 vehicles pass through the crossing. The grade crosing separation will eliminate delay to nearly 1,700 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of more than 36,800 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,” which means it is a critical location for emergency services to access communities with a high frequency of train movements or delays. The grade separation will eliminate this issue.

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Scope of Work

This project will consider eliminating the at-grade crossing of Columbus Avenue by three Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) tracks. This will be accomplished by creating either an overpass or underpass for vehicles using Columbus Avenue at this location.

For more information, visit http://www.columbusbrc.org.

Project Status

Phase I Completed
Phase II Underway
Phase III Funded
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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.