Wednesday, April 4, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The First Avenue railroad crossing in Maywood will be closed for eight weeks, depending on weather, starting April 16, so that workers can install a third rail line and perform utility and grading work, according to a March 23 statement by released by Union Pacific.
“Drivers will be able to cross the tracks at 5th Avenue or in the neighboring River Forest and Oak Park communities,” UP official said.
Last April, officials from various government bodies, agencies and stakeholder entities broke ground on the $100 million project to install the third track and other safety enhancements along the West Line between River Forest and Melrose Park.
Metra and UP officials said at the time that the new track would eliminate “two critical bottlenecks along the UP West Line that can be the source of delays for both freight and commuter trains.”
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Officials said back then that the project “will add nearly eight miles of third track in the only two remaining segments between Elburn and Chicago.”
In the March 23 statement, UP noted that the “additional main line will allow 59 Metra trains and 70 freight trains using the line to operate simultaneously, a critical step toward improving the line’s reliability and efficiency.”
UP officials said that drivers experience delays during the temporary closure “are asked to follow the posted detour, as well as be aware of, and courteous to crews working in the area.” VFP
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