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P6

Control Point (CP) Canal Flyover

Topline Community Benefits

Improved safety and reliability by allowing trains crossing Control Point Canal to travel over or under another train, which eliminates the need for passenger, commuter and/or freight trains to occupy the same space.

Nearly 3,000 annual Metra commuter passenger hours of delay mitigated.

Accomodates future growth in the region.

Project Funding Needs

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Seeking design funding (Phase II)

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Summit

Project Area

North Limit Central Avenue
South Limit Calumet Sag Canal
East Limit Archer Rd.
West Limit Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal

Project Overview & Impact

The purpose of the project is to improve safety and reliability, reduce congestion and delays for freight and passenger/commuter service and provide adequate capacity for passenger/commuter and freight rail traffic by minimizing passenger/freight and freight/freight train conflicts at Control Point (CP) Canal.

Currently, all trains traveling through CP Canal in any of the four directions must physically occupy the same space in the crossing. A flyover structure would improve safety and reliability by allowing trains crossing CP Canal to travel over or under another train, which eliminates the need for passenger/commuter and/or freight trains to occupy the same space.

There are numerous times during the day when passenger/commuter and/or freight trains must slow or physically stop when approaching CP Canal to wait for a train on one of the crossing tracks to clear. A flyover structure at CP Canal would provide an alternative for trains to get through this area without these delays. This project will alleviate nearly 3,000 annual Metra commuter passenger hours of delay due to freight conflict at this location.

Providing a means to eliminate the conflicts would benefit the overall regional rail network, including existing trains while permitting future growth in both passenger and freight service, which is anticipated to occur within the region and along these lines in particular.

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The project will construct a double-tracked bridge to carry the two Illinois Central Railroad Company (IC) main tracks, which are owned by the Canadian National Railway (CN), over the two Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad (B&OCT) tracks, which are owned by CSX Transportation. The project includes associated signal, track, crossover and bridge work. To maintain local access/connectivity to the local shippers in this area, the existing rail-rail crossing will remain. Project-related construction activities are anticipated to primarily occur within the existing rail corridor between LaGrange Road to the south and Harlem Avenue to the north.

Project Benefits

The P6 project will improve safety and reliability by allowing trains crossing CP Canal to travel over or under another train, which eliminates the need for passenger, commuter and/or freight trains to occupy the same space.

Chicago, IL Community Areas and Suburban Areas: Lemont, Willow Springs, Justice, Bedford Park, Summit, and Forest View.

Communities along the Metra Heritage Corridor Line between Chicago and Joliet

Communities along the Amtrak Lincoln Service serving Joliet, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield, IL and St. Louis, MO

Communities along the Amtrak Texas Eagle Service between Chicago and San Antonio, TX

The existing rail-rail crossing will remain to provide local access and connectivity to the local shippers in this area. As well, providing a means to eliminate the conflicts would benefit the overall regional rail network, including existing trains while permitting future growth in both passenger and freight service, which is anticipated to occur within the region and along these lines in particular.

Given the extreme level of rail conflict at this segment, there will be a significant reduction in locomotive emissions and increased fuel consumption.

This project will alleviate nearly 3,000 annual Metra commuter passenger hours of delay due to freight conflict at this location. This will allow for increased freight and passenger service within the overall regional rail network.

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Project Status

Phase I Underway
Phase II Upcoming
Phase III Upcoming

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

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