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Last Updated - 08/10/2020 - 12:04PM

BNSF service to be affected by track project Sept. 17-Sept. 20

(September 11, 2020) - 

A major tie replacement project on the BNSF Line between Cicero and Downers Grove will be condensed into four days (Sept. 17-20) to minimize the impact on commuter service, Metra announced today. Schedule changes, including some train cancellations, will be required to accommodate the project.

Beginning Thursday evening, Sept. 17 and through Sunday, Sept. 20, BNSF plans to replace 11,000 ties over a nearly 15-mile stretch of track between Cicero and Downers Grove. To accomplish what is normally a three-week project in four days, a BNSF track gang will work 12-hour shifts and deploy extra equipment.

“BNSF clearly demonstrated over the past several years with similar tie replacement projects that a condensed timeline benefits our riders by reducing the impacts of slow orders and train schedule changes,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski.

BNSF track gangs plan to begin work on Thursday, Sept. 17 after 7 p.m. The track gangs will work 12-hour shifts on each of the four days and plan to return the track to service in time for the morning rush hour Monday, Sept. 21.

The tie replacement work will take place on the southernmost track, which is the track normally used by inbound (eastbound) Metra trains. Beginning Thursday evening, Sept. 17 and continuing through Friday, Sept. 18, inbound trains will board from the middle track for all stations east of Congress Park (starting with Brookfield). On Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20, customers using stations east of Lisle (starting with Downers Grove) may have to board from the middle track for inbound trains as the project progresses. Customers are advised to listen for platform announcements throughout the project to verify the boarding platform well in advance of a train’s arrival at their station.

On Thursday night, Sept. 17, Trains Nos. 1320, 1322, 1319, 1293, and 1323 will have a 10-minute construction schedule, meaning that trains may require an additional 10 minutes to pass safely through the construction zone. For Friday, Sept. 18, all trains will add 5 minutes to their trips, with the exception of Trains Nos.1320, 1322, 1319, 1293 and 1323, which will have 10 minutes added. On Saturday and Sunday, all trains will operate under a 10-minute construction schedule and Train Nos. 2028 and 2029 will not operate.

Residents of communities from Cicero to Downers Grove may hear train horns sound throughout the four-day work period, including during the evening and overnight hours, as trains pass through the work zone. Federal law requires trains to sound their horns when entering a track work zone even if the work takes place in a community that is regulated as a quiet zone.

To further accommodate the accelerated work schedule, some streets will be closed to vehicular traffic during the evening and overnight hours to minimize impacts on local traffic. The planned closures and hours of closure are listed below.

7 p.m. Sept. 17 to 4 a.m Sept. 18

Berwyn closures

East Avenue

Grove Avenue

Home Avenue

Delaplaine Road

Herbert Road

7 p.m. Sept. 17 to 9 a.m. Sept. 19

Brookfield Closures

Hollywood Avenue will be closed to replace the road surface.

7 p.m. Sept. 18 to 9 a.m. Sept. 19

Berwyn closures

Grove Avenue

Home Avenue

Delaplaine Road

Herbert Road

Riverside closures

Cowley Road

La Grange closures

Ashland Avenue

Kensington Avenue

Lawn Avenue

Grand Avenue

Central Avenue (pedestrian crossing only)

Hinsdale closures

Highlands (pedestrian crossing only)

Park Avenue (pedestrian crossing only)

 

7 p.m. Sept. 19 to 9 a.m. Sept. 20

La Grange closures

Ashland Avenue

Kensington Avenue

Lawn Avenue

Grand Avenue

Central Avenue (pedestrian crossing only)

Hinsdale closures

Highlands (pedestrian crossing only)

Park Avenue (pedestrian crossing only)

Washington Street

Lincoln Street

Vine Street (pedestrian crossing only)

Clarendon Hills closures

Prospect Avenue (pedestrian crossing only)

Westmont closures

Cass Avenue (pedestrian crossing only)

Maple Avenue

 

4 p.m. Sept. 20 to 4 a.m. Sept. 21

Clarendon Hills closures

Prospect Avenue (pedestrian crossing only)

Westmont closures

Cass Avenue (pedestrian crossing only)

Downers Grove closures

Maple Avenue

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