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Corwith Tower Upgrade

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North Limit Stevenson Expy
South Limit BNSF Corwith yard
East Limit Kedzie Ave.
West Limit S Pulaski Rd.
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Daily Trains Affected

50 Freight trains (BNSF, CN, NS, CSX)

6 Metra trains (Heritage Corridor)

10 Amtrak trains (Texas Eagle and Lincoln Service)

Communities Benefited:

  • Chicago Community Areas: Brighton Park, North Lawndale, South Lawndale


The new signal system that replaced Corwith Tower provides significant benefits to trains moving in and out of BNSF’s Corwith Yard. The yard is located at the easternmost point for BNSF’s transcontinental route from Los Angeles to Chicago, the busiest intermodal route in the nation. The improved signals, upgraded track, and reconfigured Corwith Interlocking increase fluidity and reliability in and out of the yard. The improvements have improved switch reliability, which was a particular issue during cold weather, and which also improves Amtrak and Metra reliability on the adjacent Heritage Corridor.

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Scope of Work

Installed new signal system at the west end of BNSF’s Corwith Yard, which included automation and remote control of Corwith Tower. Upgraded track and signals and reconfigured the Corwith Interlocking where the BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision and CN Joliet Subdivision/Metra Heritage Corridor rail lines cross.

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.