Six major railroads—two passenger and four freight—pass through the Chicago neighborhoods of Ashburn, Englewood, Auburn Gresham, and West Chatham. These railroads cross each other and local roads at several points within the area. These crossings result in train and road traffic back-ups and delays.
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The 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (75th St. CIP) was initiated to find solutions that will relieve this train and road traffic congestion. The Project Team includes the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The Project Team is conducting a study to determine how the railroad tracks in these neighborhoods can be “untangled” so that trains, vehicles, and pedestrians can more easily move through the community.
As part of this study, IDOT—with help from the local community— identified the rail and road traffic problems in the study area. IDOT then developed and evaluated several reasonable alternatives to address these Project Needs. IDOT evaluated the environmental impacts of carrying forward these alternatives, including taking no action at all, which is known as the No-Build Alternative. This study, called an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), helped us select the best alternatives to address the Project Needs.
IDOT and FHWA signed the FEIS and ROD in September 2014. Issuance of the ROD by the FHWA marks the completion of a thorough and extensive process to identify and then avoid, minimize or mitigate possible impacts to the community and natural resources. Please click here to view both documents.Latest News