Metra beginning Pedestrian Underpass Project this summer, tunnel and station improvements to be completed in 2015
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“All the improvements to the Lombard station enhance the safety of the commuters and overall railroad operations by allowing concurrent freight and passenger train operation, which improves the overall fl ow of train traffi c,” said Wes Lujan, Union Pacifi c’s Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs – Illinois.
The work 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. That contract has been funded from a variety of sources: o
Metra: $3.8 million.
o Union Pacifi c Railroad: $3.3 million. o
Illinois Commerce Commission: $750,000.
o Village of Lombard $300,000 (for architectural enhancements to the tunnel, including lighting and fl oor, wall and ceiling fi nishes).
The work is expected to take about 10 months. Under a separate project, the platforms also will be reconstructed, at an estimated cost of $1.6 million. Some of that work will be done in conjunction with the tunnel project. The station will remain open during construction, and all work will be staged to minimize the
disruption to riders. About 1,300 riders use the Lombard Station each weekday.
The tunnel is a component of a multi-million dollar Metra/
UP project that is designed to improve the fl ow of commuter and freight traffi c on the heavily used 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. (Press Release issued by Metra on May 14)
A look at Lombard’s new Metra station and underpass Below are renderings provided by Metra of the underpass project as well as the Lombard Metra Station improvements. From top left, clockwise: North side of station, South side of station, platform improvements and the tunnel upgrade.
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