|Satellite plus Paint|
The current (2018) satellite image is the same one I captured in 2016.
|Street View from I-55, Nov 2017|
Its mostly done, or all done. The track is laid I know. The crossovers where it crosses the CN Freeport sub might not be done yet.
As usual, the CREATE status page is an embarrassment. It shows WA4 as still in construction. But it also shows the four 75th corridor projects in the first phase of planning. But I know the final design has been done for a while. And I read just this week that the Feds have finally granted the money needed to start construction.
May 30, 2019: ProgressiveRail basically copied the press release. Railway Age did add the following map. Trains Mag was payware.
BNSF Railway along with the CREATE partners are pleased to announce the completion of the BNSF Connection project (WA4). This project eliminates train delays by adding new tracks and creating a new direct connection between BNSF’s Corwith and Cicero Yards. It also provides new connections between the CN Freeport Subdivision and the Western Avenue Corridor along which the BNSF, Norfolk Southern, CSX and Union Pacific Railroads operate. Before this project, freight trains had to travel longer and more indirect routings to make these connections.
The BNSF Connection project also rehabilitated six bridges over city streets and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, installed crossover switches and centralized traffic control signalization. These improvements directly benefit the Chicago communities of Douglas Park, South Lawndale, Little Village and Brighton Park by renewing old railroad viaduct structures and reducing train idling and the time it takes for trains to pass by. The improvements also provide network benefits for freight and commuter train operations throughout the Chicago region by allowing trains going to and from many other lines to pass through this corridor with less delay.
With the completion of this BNSF Connection project, half of the eight CREATE projects along the Western Avenue Corridor are now in service.
“As the nation’s rail hub, it’s important that Chicago maintains a world class railroad system designed to meet the growing demands of both freight and passenger rail,” said Jason Jenkins, BNSF Railway’s Chicago Division General Manager. “Completing CREATE’s Western Avenue Corridor Project will support more fluid railroad operations.”
Update: In Jan 2020, the satellite image caught the project almost competed. The CS&SC bridge is done and track is done except for the connection with the CN.