The Metra Board of Directors in Chicago has approved an $8.1-million contract to construct a pedestrian underpass and related improvements at the Lombard Station along the Union Pacific West Line.
The contract was awarded to John Burns Construction Co. of Orland Park, Ill., which has committed to a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 15 percent. The work will include a new pedestrian tunnel, retaining walls, American with Disabilities Act ramps, stairways, platform shelters, canopies over both inbound and outbound platforms, landscaping and other ancillary items for the station.
The contract will be funded from a variety of sources including $3.7 million from Metra, $3.3 million from Union Pacific, $750,000 from the Illinois Commerce Comission and $300,000 from the Village of Lombard for architectural enhancements to the tunnel, including lighting and floor, wall and ceiling finishes.
Under a separate but simultaneous project, Burns and Union Pacific will rehabilitate the platforms at Lombard, at an estimated cost of $1.6 million.
The work is expected to begin this spring and take about 10 months. The station will remain open during construction and all work will be staged to minimize the disruption to riders.