Junction Rail Consolidation CMT Staff

Rail Consolidation in Rockford Construction

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Revitalization Through Rail Consolidation

Junction Rail Consolidation

City of Rockford, IL

The proposed railroad track reconfiguration at the Rockford Junction includes the permanent relocation and abandonment of the Illinois Railway (IR) onto the Chicago Central & Pacific (CC&P) through downtown Rockford. This is the City of Rockford’s first rail consolidation project.

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) was instrumental in securing Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) funding for the $5 million project that resulted in no-cost funding participation by the city.  CMT personnel prepared ICC funding applications, technical memos, petitions, and assisted in the final development of the order.  In addition to securing funding for the project, CMT coordinated the development of all utility, sidewalk, and path easements with the railroads for highway at-grade crossing locations.

The improvements include a total reconstruction and geometric alternatives for the re-alignment of approximately 0.65 miles of track, with improvements to the existing diamond crossing interchange along with the removal of four highway/grade crossings at (Buckbee Street, 15th Avenue, 16th Avenue, and 18th Avenue) along the CC&P west belt line with signal upgrades at 5 highway/grade crossings at (Buckbee St. 15th Ave, 16th Ave, 18th Ave, and Blackhawk Park Ave) along the IR mainline.

The consolidation project will result in the permanent relocation and abandonment of the Illinois Railway onto the Chicago Central & Pacific through downtown Rockford. This permanent relocation/consolidation will result in the City’s future rail-to-trail conversion of the existing IR structure over the Rock River, providing an economic value to the Morgan Street Bridge Project and future multi-use pedestrian access into downtown Rockford.

PROJECT ELEMENTS

  • Interagency coordination
  • ICC- grade crossing protection funds
  • Community revitalization
  • Mulit-modal; bicycle and pedestrian access
  • Interchange and industrial track design

Project Contact(s)

Stephen Prange, PE

Project Service(s)

  • Design and Construction Engineering
  • Funding Assistance
  • Public Involvement Coordination
  • Railroad
  • Signalization Design
  • Utility Coordination