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Englewood Flyover groundbreaking to be held today


Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Reps. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially will break ground on the Englewood Flyover.

The new bridge overpass will enable intercity, commuter and freight trains to move more quickly through the area, significantly reducing train congestion at one of the country’s most delay-prone rail intersections, according to a press release. More than 130 trains pass through the intersection each day.

The $133 million project is being funded through a $126 million High-Speed Intercity Passenger-Rail program grant and $6.6 million Illinois Jobs Now! grant. Preliminary track work and utility relocation is under way, and major construction is scheduled to begin in 2012 and be complete in 2014.

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