Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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More than $25.5 million in state capital investments has been awarded for a major grade separation project in Aurora, Ill. The project will improve traffic flow and safety at the U.S. Route 34 and Canadian National crossing and create 370 jobs.

"Soon motorists on Ogden Avenue won't have to wait for passing trains at this heavily traveled crossing," Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said. "This grade separation project will make it easier and safer to travel in Aurora and create jobs for our hardworking residents to help drive Illinois' economy forward."

A bridge carrying U.S. Route 34 (Ogden Avenue) will be built over the Canadian National tracks. The project will include retaining walls, new pavement, noise abatement and traffic signals. Herlihy Mid-Continent Company of Romeoville was the lowest of seven bidders for the job with a quote of $25,523,407. Construction will begin this summer and will be managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The average daily traffic volume along U.S. Route 34 at the CN crossing is 31,200 vehicles per day with an average of 42 trains per day. Based on an Environmental Impact Statement, this crossing experiences a total vehicle delay of nearly 73 hours per day. The project will eliminate those delays and reduce the potential for train, vehicle and bicycle accidents by eliminating the at-grade crossing. The work will also enhance emergency vehicle response times in Aurora and the surrounding communities.

The Aurora project is part of Governor Quinn's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years.

 

Wisconsin has moved closer to purchasing a 70-mile segment of rail line between Madison to Reedsburg and Madison to Cottage Grove, says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

On July 12 the Northwest Phoenix community, along with national and local officials, celebrated significant construction progress on the 3.2-mile Northwest Phoenix light-rail extension. The first track celebration, on 19th Avenue, commemorated a milestone as the Phoenix Valley Metro project nears the halfway point.

Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's (SFMTA) Muni transit operators, ratified a new three-year agreement that increases wages, strengthens pension benefits and is in line with the budget needs of the agency.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released its latest Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) contract offer to New Yorkers in newspaper and radio advertisements beginning July 16, in hopes to reach agreements with eight unions and avoid a strike July 20.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:27

NS’ sustainability efforts are paying off

Norfolk Southern released its latest "Connections" sustainability report, which outlines its ongoing efforts to contribute to a cleaner environment, a healthier economy and stronger communities.

A report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) has made 81 recommendations to improve the performance of the nation's freight transportation system. These recommendations will be used to inform the development of USDOT's National Freight Strategic Plan.

Florida East Coast Railway, LLC (FEC) unveiled its new Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) adjacent to Port Everglades July 14.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:57

LIRR union coalition set to strike

United Transportation Union Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (UTU-SMART) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) General Chairperson Anthony Simon on July 15 issued a statement on the labor situation at New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) LIRR.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:55

JLP awarded $7-mllion contract

J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc. (JLP), has been awarded a $7 million contract by the North County Transit District to provide bridge inspection and management services for the district's major bridge structures.

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