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Metra to begin trackwork on BNSF line


A major tie replacement and track resurfacing project will be conducted the last two weeks of April on Metra's BNSF Railway Line to Aurora, Ill.

The project, which calls for replacing 20,000 ties and resurfacing 17 miles of track, is expected to start April 14 near downtown Chicago and proceed west to Hinsdale, Metra officials said in a press release.

"The BNSF Line carries more riders than any other Metra line and is also heavily relied upon by freight traffic moving through the Chicago region," said Metra Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno. "This project is a part of the regular maintenance necessary to keep our rail lines in the best condition possible."

The work will require grade crossing closures of varying duration. BNSF Railway Co. is working closely with its signal department and RoadSafe to minimize crossing closure impacts, Metra officials said.

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