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UP set to pre-qualify bidders for Illinois HSR Tier 2 bid package


Union Pacific Railroad plans to soon issue a request for proposals for the Tier 2 bid package for the Illinois high-speed rail project. Firms now can begin the pre-qualification process. The work is being completed as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s effort to launch 110-mph service between Chicago and St. Louis.

Work would be conducted between mileposts 203 and 230 on the Springfield Subdivision between the Auburn and Shipman stations near Virden, Girard, Nilwood and Carlinville, Ill. The package will be split between two construction areas: one that calls for building a second mainline track and access roads between milepost 206 and 214.5, and a second that includes reconstructing the Carlinville siding and constructing access roads between mileposts 223.1 and 226.7. Both packages include replacing culverts and improving bridges, and reconstructing roadway crossings.

For more specific information on the pre-qualification and bidding processes, as well as a work summary, visit the project’s website at

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