BNSF network improvement as part of the CREATE Program, a public-private sector partnership to improve Chicago's rail infrastructure efficiency.
BNSF selected ICC to construct new track that connects the railroad's Chillicothe and Chicago subdivisions—from 31st Street and California Avenue to 21st and California. This connection enables a direct rail line between BNSF's Corwith and Cicero yards. Work included rehabilitation of multiple bridges over Chicago streets and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal bridge. This project also involved installation of crossovers to connect the new line with other railroad (CSX and CN) networks.
The project entailed meticulous planning, including field verification. ICC performed all of the grading and steel fabrication for the new track as well as the bridge work that included selective demolition of the existing structures. The bridge rehabilitation work included column replacement, new footings, lead abatement and repainting. The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal bridge required the demolition and replacement of two existing spans in addition to other repairs.
ICC managed all permits and coordinated with the city and other rail carriers to compete the work.
- Earthwork & grading
- New track construction
- Retaining wall repairs
- Bridge repairs/reconstruction on nine bridges concurrently
- Coordination with active CSX track alongside project to avoid disruption to service
- Coordination with CN to complete grading work without disruption to service