Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Shermer Road Derailment Site Could Reopen Early

                        Union Pacific Railroad Company has completed installation of a wider railroad overpass above Shermer Road at the site of the July 2012 fatal derailment a month ahead of schedule, making it possible that the temporary track bed of crushed stone blocking Shermer near the Northbrook/Glenview boundary could be removed and Shermer Road reopened, at least partially, by year end. The $10 million, 150 foot span will permit widening of Shermer at that location to 3 lanes sometime in the future.

                    According to IDOT, plans for the widening won’t likely come to fruition for another 5 or 10 years, but Glenview and Northbrook residents will be happy to see the roadway restored to its pre-derailment 2 lane configuration as soon as possible. Union Pacific construction workers will begin removing the temporary road bed berm from Shermer in the last half of November.
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