Congress Cuts Funding For Railroad Flyover Bridge

CHICAGO (CBS) — Funding has been cut for a massive bridge that would have eased rail congestion in the South Side’s Englewood neighborhood.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) says House Republicans have zeroed out funding for the $133 million Englewood Flyover.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports

The flyover was to be a north-south bridge to carry Metra Rock Island Line trains over east-west Amtrak Norfolk Southern trains and transcontinental freight tracks above 64th and State streets.

The triple-tracked bridge would have included a possible additional track for a potential high-speed intercity train, according to published reports.

Durbin asserts the rail bridge or flyover is needed to unclog east-west train shipments and keep Chicago a central hub for transcontinental freight shipments.

“I think we can revive it,” Durbin said. “But we need bipartisan support to do it. We cannot do it alone with Democrats in the Senate. We need Republican support.”

Durbin says construction of the Englewood Flyover, if re-funded, would provide 1,500 construction jobs.

  • common sense

    This project is far from wasteful. Completion of this project would help to reduce transit times for freight trains through Chicago; which consequently helps businesses shipping via railroads to more quickly move their products to market and in-turn helps to create jobs and revive the economy. Perhaps Republicans could take a more long-term view of some of these projects and see that they actually do help the Republican agenda by actually promoting so-called “Republican ideals” of helping small and big business to advance.

  • swizzle

    You just gotta love it, Republicans are going to do everything they can to keep our nations infrastructure in third world status, lmao.
    Republicans are like a cancer to our Nation

  • Susan Rowe

    And yet the Republicans in the House will NOT cut funds for Advertising on NASCAR autos!!! Where is their integrity, concern for the jobless, and concern for their country???

    • rob

      Advertising on NASCAR team cars is from corporations, not Republicans.

  • Dan Rakow

    THAT’s TERRIBLE! Should there be a major derailment Congress will get the blame for it.

    • drive time

      Congress never accepts blame. Blame for derailments is usually human error.

  • mcoville

    If the people of Chicago want a new bridge then let them pay for it. If it would improve the shipping of goods for businesses, then those businesses should pay for it.

    There is no reason why my family in Florida should pay for your bridge, we have our own improvements to pay for.

    • rocko

      I understand completely. I haven’t heard the reasons why Florida turned down the high speed rail money and that money might be awarded to Illinois so we can get to St. Louis, MO in 15 minutes.

    • DRod

      Chicago is the hub of the freight industry in the U.S. More then one-third of a rail freight traffic goes through Chicago. Anything shipped from the West for the East must pass through Chicago and vice versa. This bridge is the first piece of an extremely complicated puzzle that will significantly improve the movement of freight through Chicago. The millions of dollars wasted annually when freight traffic is delayed through Chicago ends up costing every consumer in the U.S. including your family in Florida.

  • knows it

    Key word: Englewood.

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