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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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map of project area

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.


Final Environmental Impact Statement
(FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD)

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
IDOT and its partners are pursuing funding to complete Phase II (final) design and initiate Phase III (construction) of the 75th St. CIP. IDOT applied for a competitive federal grant program established by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant application was submitted in December 2016 and is intended to close the funding gap and allow this important project to move forward. FASTLANE grant awards expected to be announced during 2017. Please check back for project updates and future activities.

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