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La Grange railroad construction expected to begin Monday

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 11:13 a.m. CDT
(Shaw Media file photo)
A Metra train rides along the BNSF line.

LA GRANGE – The construction project on Burlington Northern Santa Fe's Metra line from Chicago to Aurora is expected to start in La Grange April 28, according to village officials.

The construction – a major tie replacement and track resurfacing project – began more than a week ago in downtown Chicago and is continuing on its way to Hinsdale.

While BNSF originally planned the La Grange work to begin April 24, the railroad company recently reported the construction will likely begin on or around April 28.

La Grange's portion of the construction is projected to take about two days with crews working during the 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. hours.

Once it's completed, the project will have replaced 20,000 ties and resurfaced 17 miles of track.

Residents are advised that during the BNSF construction, the equipment will be disruptive and noisy. Trains will also be sounding horns to alert crews as they pass through.

Most crossing closures are expected to take place overnight with detour routes provided for residents. A few afternoon and evening trains may also have delays, although rush hour trains should have minimal impact.

For more information on the project's progress and train schedules, visit www.metrarail.com.

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