The Archer Avenue at Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) Grade Separation Study is an initiative of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE), which brings together the U.S. DOT, the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Metra, Amtrak, and the nation's freight railroads to invest in critically needed railway crossing and infrastructure improvements throughout the City of Chicago. For more information about CREATE, visit

This study will explore the opportunity to build an underpass or overpass at the intersection of Archer Avenue and the Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) railroad, in the communities of Archer Heights and Garfield Ridge, to eliminate the existing at-grade crossing where the railroad and roadway intersect at the same level.


The elimination of the at-grade crossing will improve safety and mobility through the corridor for all users, including motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and the railroad by reducing delays caused by train movements.


Purpose & Need

The Archer Avenue and Belt Railway of Chicago Grade Separation Study aims to improve safety at the intersection of Archer Avenue and the Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) railroad and address mobility issues for travelers caused by train delays.

Community Benefit

The Archer Heights and Garfield Ridge communities will enjoy a safer and more efficient transportation system designed to improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors.


The study will be carried out in three different phases. The current phase, preliminary engineering, is anticipated to run through
fall 2018. Future phases will be subject to funding availability.


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It is critical to identify the values, needs, and priorities of the residents and businesses impacted by this high traffic and hazardous at-grade railroad crossing. The study will provide various opportunities for stakeholders and the public to be involved in the process and share their input. 

Photo provided by CREATE

Photo provided by CREATE

Photo provided by CREATE


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