Construction and Projects

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doepack
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Re: Construction and Projects

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Meet Metra's newest bridge...
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Anthony
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Re: Construction and Projects

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doepack wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:41 pm
Meet Metra's newest bridge...
In addition to helping Metra and CP freight trains stay on schedule, this project will benefit the proposed Chicago-Rockford Amtrak service. In fact, the 2014 Amtrak proposal included funding for this bridge replacement project. However, a few months after the Amtrak project was put on hold in 2015, funding for the bridge replacement and Amtrak line were later lost during the budget impasse. When JB Pritzker became governor and subsequently signed the new capital bill, funding for the Amtrak line was restored, putting the project back on the table. However, due to this bridge project getting funding from other sources, the Amtrak proposal no longer involves replacing the bridge, making the Amtrak project look better financially and more likely to happen than in 2014.

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Re: Construction and Projects

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This project will not really impact rail operations but is something worth mentioning.

https://www.illinoistollway.com/project ... nsf-bridge

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Re: Construction and Projects

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MetraBNSF wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:43 pm
This project will not really impact rail operations but is something worth mentioning.

https://www.illinoistollway.com/project ... nsf-bridge
Interesting. I assume the shoofly shift will slow trains ... a reason not to simply build a new bridge and leave a permanent shift in tracks. I have seen it done both ways, but usually with the shoofly being temporary.

I note in the animation that the final bridge will be the existing three tracks plus one of the shoofly bridges remaining. Good for MOW vehicles but also open for the possibility of a fourth track.

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Re: Construction and Projects

Post by MetraBNSF »

70/45 speeds will be maintained through the shoofly.

There will be a fourth track south of the three main tracks but the fourth track will strictly be for MOW vehicles only.

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