In conjunction with the Gary/Chicago International Airport-Runway 12/30 Runway Extension Program, railroad tracks owned by the EJ&E Railway, a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railroad, must be relocated from their current alignment to a new corridor.
The relocated EJ&E Railway corridor will severe Chicago Avenue, east of Cline Avenue, and place additional traffic on Airport Road. In addition, the EJ&E's proposed double track alignment will run parallel with and adjacent to the existing double track alignment for CSX Transportation at the existing grade crossing on Airport Road.
In conjunction with the increased traffic volumes for Airport Road, projected rail traffic for both EJ&E and CSX is expected to grow substantially. Therefore, the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority has established a contract titled, "Airport Road Grade Separation" (Project No REP006), which will mitigate traffic delays and congestion, and enhance public safety by eliminating an at-grade railroad crossing.
The Airport Road Grade Separation contract will construct a new two span continuous composite steel plate girder bridge, with mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall abutments and a center frame bent pier, to carry four lanes of Airport Road over the existing CSX tracks and the relocated EJ&E tracks. Work under this contract includes:
MSE wall construction
Concrete, steel fabrication and erection
Approximately 2000 feet of roadway construction
Other miscellaneous items related to this project
Closed Contract Awarded
Notice to Proceed February 22, 2012
Two Lanes Open to Traffic November 1, 2012
Projected Completion July 6, 2013