19th Avenue Rail Crossing To Close Oct. 8

Thursday, October 4, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: The 19th Avenue railroad crossing. | Google Maps 

The rail crossing located at 19th Avenue and Main Street, which divides Maywood and Melrose Park, will be closed on Oct. 8 in order to allow crews to install a third rail line and to perform utility and grading work, according to a statement released by Union Pacific Railroad.

Officials with the railroad said that the temporary closure is expected to last around eight weeks, depending on the weather.

The construction work is part of a long-term project to construct a third rail line on the Metra West Line — from River Forest to Melrose Park and from West Chicago to Geneva.

“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,” officials noted in the statement. 

Officials added that drivers could experience delays while the rail crossing is closed. Union Pacific is requesting that drivers “follow the posted detour, as well as be aware of, and courteous to crews working in the area.” VFP 

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