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The Roundout is one of twelve tower projects that strategically mitigate systemwide inefficiencies.

Upgraded infrastructure to enhance freight and passenger rail services

Increased traveler speeds and goods movement

Safer work environment for rail employees

Project Funding Needs

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Project initiation pending funding availability (Phase I)

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Lake Forest

Project Area

North Limit Rockland Rd.
South Limit Elm Rd.
East Limit Arcadia Rd.
West Limit N Bradley Rd.

Project Overview & Impact

The Roundout benefits numerous rail-adjacent communities and rail industries by increasing the reliability of train operations at key crossings throughout the region. Reducing signal systems’ failure rate due to antiquated infrastructure, Amtrak and Metra delays stemming from periodic signal failures will be less. This reduces the need for hand flagging of the interlocking.

The upgrading of signal systems at major at-grade railroad crossings may involve communication upgrades to enable remote operation.

67th street tower

Project Benefits

Improved freight and passenger rail systems better rail services and the environments around rail for all residents, consumers and passengers.

Communities in greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana 

Communities along the Metra routes Metra Milwaukee North and Milwaukee West, Metra North Central, Metra Electric, Metra Rock Island, Metra SouthWest, Metra Heritage, and UP Northwest

Communities along the Amtrak routes to/from Chicago (except the BNSF California Zephyr and Southwest Chief routes to the West)

Tower improvements increase the flow of commerce, transit, and workers throughout the region.

Less congestion improves local air quality.

Reduced Amtrak and Metra delay due to periodic signal failures which increases reliability of train operations.

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Project Status

Phase I Upcoming
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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