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Union Pacific to replace collapsed bridge in Chicago suburb

On Tuesday, members of the Glenview and Northbrook, Ill., village boards met to review a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Union Pacific Railroad and the Illinois Department of Transportation regarding the replacement of a bridge over Shermer Road that collapsed during a derailment on July 4.

The MOU calls for UP to fund and build a 149-foot-long bridge with a 57-foot clear span featuring three 12-foot-wide traffic lanes, a 10-foot-wide bike path, a seven-foot-wide bike path and four feet of curbing, according to the villages. The project is estimated to cost $10 million.

The Class I also would fund the construction of a temporary road connection to facilitate traffic from businesses south of the closed bridge to a detour, at a cost of up to $275,000. In addition, UP would provide up to $57,000 to fund a temporary traffic control signal at West Lake Avenue and Shermer Road.

The two villages and Illinois Department of Transportation would be responsible for funding and completing roadway improvements in the future.

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