Metra track construction to delay, change schedules on BNSF line

Railroad tie replacement and track resurfacing will be done in Hinsdale, Western Springs and La Grange in coming weeks, with that work and improvements through other communities rescheduling several Metra BNSF trains.

The work also will bring construction noise for those living near the railroad line, as well the sound of train horns required to alerk work crews. The work mostly will be done during during evening hours.

The construction schedule will be in place from April 14 through May 2, and is available at www.metrarail.com. While most rush hour trains will proceed on schedule, some midday and evening trains are expected to experience delays.

“The BNSF Line carries more riders than any other Metra line and is also heavily relied upon by freight traffic moving through the Chicago region,” said Metra Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno. “This project is a part of the regular maintenance necessary to keep our rail lines in the best condition possible. While no one enjoys passing through a construction zone, riders will ultimately enjoy the benefits of a smoother ride and reliable service.”

The project will include the replacement of 20,000 ties and the resurfacing of 17 miles of track. Work will begin near downtown Chicago and proceed west to Hinsdale. Crews will be working six days a week with most of the work occurring between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. to minimize impact to train service.

The work will also require road crossing closures of varying duration. BNSF Railway is working closely with its signal department and RoadSafe to minimize crossing closure impacts.

While the work begins April 14 in Chicago and may delay trains, the actual construction won’t begin until April 24 for La Grange, April 25 in Western Springs and April 26 in Hinsdale. The construction is scheduled for two days in Western Springs and La Grange. In Hinsdale, where construction goes only to 100 feet west of Washington Street, tentative work dates are April 26 and 30.

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