Metra Tunnel Project
This site contains the latest updates from Metra, Union Pacific Railroad and John Burns Construction regarding the Lombard Metra Underpass and Station Improvements Project. If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metra Underpass Project Reaches Completion
July 31, 2015
The Village of Lombard has been notified that all work on the Metra Underpass Project (with the exception of punch list items) will be completed by John Burns by Saturday, August 1 at 7:00 a.m.
At this time, Parkside between Park and Main will be restored to 2 way traffic. On Monday afternoon, McGuire Drive between Main St. and Elizabeth St. will be reopened to traffic. One way traffic on Park Ave. between St. Charles and McGuire Drive will remain in effect as the Village implements a traffic study to determine whether or not to keep one way traffic permanent, or to reinstate two way traffic standard to the street prior to construction. This study will be conducted over the next month.
Union Pacific Railroad personnel will continue to reconstruct the west platform. This work will continue through September 1st. Upon completion of the platform work new guard rails and hand rails matching the newly installed rails will be installed along the west end of the platform. As of August 15th all handicapped stalls will be full accessibility all parking stalls will be back in operation.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place after all work is complete including the west platform rehabilitation project being conducted by Union Pacific. The Village of Lombard thanks residents, commuters and Downtown businesses for their continued patience throughout the duration of this major project.
For more information please contact Public Works Director Carl Goldsmith at (630)620-5766.
During the early morning hours of Monday, June 1, the Village of Lombard hosted their second Commuter Appreciation Day. The first marked the beginning of the project one year ago. This time, Lombard and Metra employees and Officials were handing out flyers, in preparation for the opening of the pedestrian tunnel. The Village handed out flyers informing commuters of the upcoming changes, and gave away free coffee, donuts, muffins and fruit.
Underpass Opening and At-Grade Crossing Closing on Wednesday
The opening of the pedestrian tunnel to foot traffic and removal of the at-grade pedestrian crossing by Metra is currently scheduled for Wednesday, June 3. At the time the at-grade crossing is removed, all pedestrians will be required to use the tunnel for crossing. Please allow extra time to maneuver the new routing and to cross the tracks using stairways and the pedestrian tunnel, as needed.
Metra will continue work on the platform even after the pedestrian tunnel is open to foot traffic. ADA access will not be restored with accessible ramps until July. Please be reminded that electronic pay boxes for daily commuter parking will be open on Monday, June 1 on the south side of the tracks near the ramps and on the west side of the Hammerschmidt parking lot. A third pay box on the north side of the tracks will open the week of June 8. Manual pay boxes will be removed. Pay by phone and online options are also available for commuters at www.passportparking.com and using the Passport Parking App for smart phones. Please allow extra time for orientation to the new electronic commuter pay boxes. Please note that the introduction of the electronic pay boxes and renumbering of parking spaces will have no impact on the locations of monthly permit parking spaces.
Metra Underpass Update May 8, 2015
Metra has announced that the new substantial completion date for the Metra underpass tunnel is scheduled for June 1. At that time, the pedestrian tunnel will be open for use and the at grade crossing on the tracks will be closed.
The contractor crews have been working overtime to help make up for lost time due to a deep ground freeze following the second coldest February in Chicago's history.
Crews will be working on setting a catch basin in the roadway on Michael McGuire Drive on Saturday, May 9. During this time, the intersection of St. Charles and Park will be closed while work is being performed. The closure is expected to last 3 - 5 hours. Please contact Public Works with questions at (630) 620-5740
Below are four photos from the pedestrian tunnel construction site taken today, Friday, May 8.
As part of the project, UP and Metra will be installing new ADA compliant ramps and stairs to the platform and tunnel, as well as improving the amenities offered to commuters. One of the most significant improvements is the construction of roof canopies over the platform areas on both the north and south platforms. This project will also result in the elimination of at-grade track crossing for commuters.
The improvements being funded by the Village include, upgraded finishes and treatments in the exterior and interior of the tunnel; including stone pilasters, bronze medallions featuring the Village logo, upgraded ceiling material and lighting, concrete knee wall and colored concrete finish on the floor of the tunnel. Additionally, the upgrades include the installation of conduit and wiring for the placement of additional cameras for security.