Metra announced today that a major tie replacement project between Libertyville and Fox Lake on the Milwaukee District North Line will be extended by one day. The one-day extension will result in a disruption of service between Fox Lake and Lake Forest on Sunday, April 29.
On Sunday, April 29, inbound trains 2604 through 2616 will originate from Lake Forest. The first two morning inbound trains, 2600 and 2602, and the last two evening inbound trains, 2620 and 2622, will depart from Fox Lake. Outbound trains 2601 through 2611 will only travel as far north as Lake Forest on that day. The first outbound departure serving stations north of Lake Forest on Sunday, April 29 will be Train 2615, which departs Chicago Union Station at 4:35 p.m.
The project, which began April 5, impacted midday weekday service north of the Grayslake Station and shut down service north of Lake Forest on three consecutive weekends. The work was originally scheduled to end April 27. The service shutdowns were necessary because the work was performed in a 17-mile single-track section of the line, where track equipment and workers could not be moved out of the way of passenger trains without traveling a significant distance. This would have added significant time to the work schedule.
By the project’s end, Metra forces will have replaced 17,000 ties between Fox Lake and Libertyville, resurfaced the disturbed sections of track, replaced five switches, replaced five private road crossings, cleared brush and continued the upgrade of the signal system on this section track in preparation for the Positive Train Control safety system.
For more information on how the line's train schedule is being affected, go here.