New Railroad Bridge To Ease Commute, Create Jobs

CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski says 1,400 construction jobs are heading for Chicago’s South Side to build a massive railroad bridge at 63rd and State streets.

Lipinski says the $133 million “Englewood flyover” will lift north-south Rock Island and Metra rail traffic over the east-west Norfolk Southern tracks.

The flyover will improve commuter performance and remove barriers to long-haul rail freight traffic to and through Chicago.

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Lipinski says construction should begin in a few weeks.

The bridge will run from 69th Street to 57th Street, near State Street.

The project was announced with much fanfare over a year ago, then promptly side-lined by a federal budget battle which ended when the Obama administration set aside funds for high-speed rail.

Next came disagreement between the Norfolk-Southern Rail Line, and state and federal railroad officials. That log jam ended when Norfolk and Southern agreed to dedicate one track set solely for use by Amtrak, which plans a 110-mile-an-hour service to St. Louis.

The bridge will ease a rail traffic jam at an intersection where 46 freight trains cross tracks used by 78 daily Metra commuter trains.

The feds will pay for 95 percent of the project; the state of Illinois pays 5 percent.

  • Dan Rakow


  • Pothead

    Does that 1,400 jobs include the security guards they will need so the equipment doesn’t walk away overnight ?

    • Skorps


  • Bill S.

    Norfolk-Southern doesn’t even go to St. Louis over that track. Goes to Detroit and east.

  • snigglefritz

    why isn’t the railroad paying any of it, why do we continue to give away the bank to these multi-million dollar corporations? because Dan Lipinski’s father works for the railroad lobby group, that’s why.


    Will these workers be able to have concealled weapons, because they will need them.

  • righttrack

    The Feds will pay 95% and Illinois will pay 5% – that menas that the taxpayer is paying 100% and the railroads pay nothing.

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