Metra overpass reconstruction. Photo by Jack Crawford

Reconstruction of Metra Overpass Steadily Advances in Old Irving Park

Extensive Metra infrastructure work continues to progress for the Metra in Old Irving Park, aiming for completion in spring 2024, despite delays. A stretch of Milwaukee Avenue by its intersection with Kilbourn has been closed off to support the construction efforts for the railway’s overpass replacement and Grayland Station overhaul. Initially set to conclude in 2022, this closure has been prolonged to prioritize safety and facilitate project efficiency.

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Design Work Continues On Replacement Of Metra UP North Bridges

Design development continues for the upcoming replacement of multiple bridges on Metra’s UP North Line across the north side. The work comes as the existing bridges push over 120-years in age with most of them held up by rusted columns, however the project has been a point of contention for locals since its announcement in 2021. The project is being led by Metra themselves who recently held its second community meeting on the proposed design.

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State Announces Expansion Of Metra Service To Rockford

Governor J.B. Pritzker and Metra have announced their plans to extend rail service to Rockford from Chicago. Located roughly 88-miles from Union Station, Rockford is the largest city in Illinois outside of the continuous Chicagoland area with a population of over 140,000 people. Now after not having passenger rail service for over 40-years, Metra has been chosen to restore service to the city at an announcement ceremony held in Davis Park in downtown Rockford.

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