The U.S. Department of Transport (DOT) will provide Metra, Chicago’s metropolitan operator, a USD 17.84 million for rail improvements.
The funding will support the construction of a new grade-separated double-track rail bridge over Milwaukee Avenue, north of Grayland Metra Station in Chicago.
“This project is crucial for increasing reliability and performance for our customers along the Milwaukee District North Line,” Metra CEO, Jim Derwinski, said.
The project will replace the existing structure, originally constructed circa 1899 and rated in poor condition, with a new double-track bridge that will return the crossing to a state-of-good-repair and provide future maintenance and operating cost savings.
The bridge is also used up to 16 times daily by Amtrak trains on Hiawatha Service and Empire Builder routes between Chicago and Milwaukee and the Pacific Northwest.