The newly constructed pedestrian tunnel at the Lombard Station on the Union Pacific West Line will open after the morning rush hour on Wednesday, June 3.
At the same time, the mid-platform pedestrian crossing will be closed. Building the tunnel and eliminating the crossing are being done to increase pedestrian and commuter safety at the station.
The tunnel is the main component of a $9.7 million project that also includes rebuilt platforms and new platform canopies at Lombard. The remaining work is ongoing and is expected to be completed later this summer.
Although the tunnel will be opened Wednesday, the station will not yet be accessible to persons with disabilities. Union Pacific forces are expected to complete the platform work necessary to make the station fully accessible in about two weeks.
About 1,300 riders use the Lombard Station each weekday.
The station project includes an $8.1 million contract with John Burns Construction of Orland Park for the new pedestrian tunnel, retaining walls, ADA ramps, stairways, platform shelters, canopies over both inbound and outbound platforms, landscaping, and other ancillary items for the station. Under a separate project, the platforms are being reconstructed by Union Pacific, at an estimated cost of $1.6 million.
The tunnel is a component of a multi-million dollar Metra/UP project that is designed to improve the flow of commuter and freight traffic on the heavily used UP West Line. Another component was the installation of the “Another Train Warning System” at eight stations along the line. That system uses audible and visual alerts to warn pedestrians at crossings near the stations that another train – in addition to the one that is stopped at the station – is approaching or present.
Other grade crossing protections include new paths that safely guide pedestrians to a gated crossing, more pedestrian gates and more inter-track fencing to discourage pedestrians from crossing at unsafe and unauthorized locations.