marking the 1,000th bridge improvement since Governor Quinn took office.
The nearly $26 million dollar project, funded by Governor Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, will create nearly 340 construction jobs, reduce traffic delays and improve safety for travelers in DuPage and Kane Counties.
Illinois Route 38 is one project in the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) plan, which involves a new bridge and grade separation to eliminate traffic delays due to train crossings. The goal of CREATE is to address critically needed improvements to increase the efficiency of the region's passenger and freight rail infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for Illinois residents. The project will provide a grade separation and bridge to carry Illinois Route 38 and Kautz Road over the Union Pacific Railroad near Geneva.
"Thousands of vehicles are delayed at this location as a result of heavy rail traffic consisting of 75 freight trains and 54 commuter trains passing through this crossing every single day," said Secretary Schneider. "Thanks to Illinois Jobs Now! and the Governor's commitment, this much needed CREATE project will move forward to minimize the delays to the traveling public, improve emergency vehicle response times, improve access for businesses and enhance safety in the area."
Currently, the Union Pacific Railroad crosses Illinois Route 38 at a skewed angle just east of the signalized intersection of Kautz Road, which has caused delays and safety hazards for motorists. The proposed improvement will also place a T-intersection with signals on the new bridge structure at Kautz Road and Illinois Route 38. The project will widen and reconstruct Illinois Route 38 on a new alignment from east of Kirk Road to east of Technology Boulevard, providing two lanes in each direction. Construction is expected to start in November and the project is expected to be complete in 2014.