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Harlem Avenue & BNSFGrade Separation

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North Limit Burlington St.
South Limit Windsor Ave.
East Limit Maple Ave.
West Limit N Delaplaine Rd.
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Daily Trains Affected

40 freight trains

94 Metra trains

6 Amtrak trains

Communities Benefited:

  • Berwyn

  • Riverside


Daily, nearly 28,200 vehicles and 14 Pace buses (#302 and #307) pass through the crossing. Harlem Avenue (IL-43) is a primary arterial roadway and this project will reduce roadway congestion and improve safety at this location. The grade crossing separation will eliminate delay to nearly 5,000 vehicles daily, resulting in alleviation of over 29,700 annual motorist hours of delay. It will also eliminate the potential for collisions between vehicles and trains. Since this is also proximate to a Metra commuter station, it will improve mobility and safety for commuter access to and from the station, both pedestrian and vehicular.

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Scope of Work

The project will consider eliminating the at-grade crossing of Harlem Avenue and the three BNSF Railway tracks. Metra and Amtrak also operate intercity and commuter rail service on these tracks. This will be accomplished by creating either an overpass or underpass for vehicles at this location.

Project Status

Phase I Not Started
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.