The Englewood Flyover will modernize rail operations in the Chicago area, ease highway congestion, reduce harmful emissions and keep the region competitive in the global marketplace by generating and retaining thousands of jobs.
The public-private project involves eliminating the notorious chokepoint where the Norfolk-Southern Railroad and Metra Rock Island District Line tracks intersect near 63rd and State streets in Chicago’s Englewood community. The location, which serves 14 Amtrak trains, 78 Metra trains and 46 Norfolk-Southern freight trains daily, is one of Chicago’s most delay-prone bottlenecks.
The Englewood Flyover consists of building a bridge to carry three Rock Island District Line tracks over the four Norfolk-Southern tracks, relieving more than 7,500 hours in delay that Metra passengers experience annually. The bridge, when complete in Spring 2014, will also include room underneath to accommodate additional tracks for expanded 110-mph Amtrak service from Chicago to Detroit, Cleveland and the East Coast.
A strict “Buy America” requirement ensures that U.S. manufacturers and workers receive the maximum economic benefits from this federal investment.
Federal, State, and local officials attended the groundbreaking ceremony including State Senator Mattie Hunter, U.S. Representative Bobby Rush, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski, Alderman Willie B. Cochran, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Governor Pat Quinn, IDOT Acting Director Ann L. Schneider, and Illinois State Senator Jacqui Collins.