(Chicago, IL) — October 25, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $64 million effort to rebuild a key intersection in Bensenville to relieve traffic congestion.
The project will improve regional transportation by separating Irving Park Road from the Canadian Pacific Railroad east of York Road, creating more than 830 jobs, according to Quinn.
“A world-class transportation system will not only keep jobs in Chicago, but attract new manufacturers who aim to reach the global marketplace more quickly,” said Quinn.
The grade separation will reduce roadway congestion and improve safety along Irving Park Road (IL-19), a primary arterial road, by lowering Irving Park Road and raising the Canadian Pacific Railroad Bridge.
Every day 37,000 vehicles pass through the Bensenville crossing, which includes 25 freight trains. Nearly 6,400 vehicles are delayed at this location every day, leading to 1,500 daily motorist hours of delay that would be alleviated through this project.
This grade separation is located at the southwestern edge of O’Hare Airport, and is being coordinated with construction of the adjacent grade separation of the Union Pacific Railroad over Irving Park Road, as part of the O’Hare Modernization Program. Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring and will be completed in the fall of 2013.
“In Bensenville, we have planes, trains and automobiles, and we must make sure all three modes operate as efficiently and safely as possible,” said Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. “These improvements will address regional growth and transportation demand, improve traffic safety and promote economic development.”