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1/8/2009



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Illinois commission OKs plans, funds for two new bridges


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The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has approved plans to build two bridges over Class Is’ tracks.

The commission green lighted the construction of a bridge over Union Pacific Railroad’s tracks in Wheaton. To be completed at 2010’s end, the $17.7 million project calls for building a new structure to replace an aging, weight-restricted bridge that was built in 1917.

The ICC agreed to cover 55 percent of project costs through the Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF). All remaining costs will be paid by the city, Illinois Department of Transportation and UP.

The commission also approved the construction of a bridge over BNSF Railway Co.’s tracks in Rochelle. To be completed by 2010’s end, the $5.6 million project calls for building a grade separation structure to reduce traffic delays in the area.

The ICC will cover 53 percent of project costs through the GCPF. All remaining project costs will be paid by the city, Ogle County and BNSF. The county plans to begin taking bids for the project next month.

Funded by motor fuel taxes designated for rail safety improvements, the GCPF provides $27 million annually for grade crossing upgrades and the construction or reconstruction of grade separations.


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