BNSF customers may continue to experience construction-related delays as a project to replace more than 10,000 ties along a nearly 23-mile stretch of track is extended an additional week, Metra announced today.
The project, which began Aug. 27, is being extended through Friday, Sept. 23. Workers are replacing worn ties between Roosevelt Road in Chicago and Lisle. BNSF is performing most of the work at night to minimize impacts to Metra service. However, following the nighttime work, track speeds must be reduced until a certain number of trains/weight has passed over the work area to ensure that the tracks are stabilized. Speeds are also reduced in active work zones to ensure worker safety. The schedule, which can be found here, will add five to 10 minutes to the schedules of some rush hour and evening trains.
The approximately $1.5 million project is part of Metra’s 2016 construction program, which includes approximately $200 million in infrastructure improvements to 27 stations, 21 bridges and 24 road crossings, as well as the replacement of 120,000 rail ties to ensure safe and reliable service and maintain a state of good repair system-wide.