Fifth Avenue Rail Crossing Closed For Construction For 16 Weeks

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

The 5th Avenue rail crossing in Maywood was scheduled to close on April 15 in order for crews to install a “third rail line, new station platforms that configure with the new track, as well as perform utility and grading work,” Union Pacific officials announced in a recent statement.

Officials said that drivers will be able to cross the railroad tracks at 1st and 9th Avenues, or in neighboring River Forest and Oak Park. The temporary closure, they said, will last 16 weeks, weather permitting.

“The work is part of a long-term project to add a third rail line on the company’s Metra West Line from River Forest to Melrose Park, and from West Chicago to Geneva,” Union Pacific officials said. “The additional main line will allow 59 Metra trains and 70 freight trains using the line to operate simultaneously, a critical step toward improving the line’s reliability and efficiency.”

Union Pacific officials said that drivers, who may experience delays during the closure, should follow the posted detours, “as well as be aware of, and courteous to crews working in the area.” VFP

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